Welfare and medication
We take the care of our children at school very seriously.
Mrs Thompson is the school Welfare/ Attendance Officer who is on hand throughout the school day to deal with incidents and meet with parents to discuss any medical issues .She is supported by Mrs White, Welfare Assistant and a team of First Aid trained staff members who assist in her absence or provide additional support as required. In addition the Community Nurse Team provide regular school visits to carry out health checks such as vision and hearing for Reception children, winter flu vaccinations and audits on asthma, allergies and pupil’s care plans.
It is imperative that you notify the school if your child has a medical condition or food allergy. We will record this and share the information on a need to know basis. With your permission their photo will be displayed in the Welfare Room and children with food allergies the photo will be displayed in the kitchen for lunch staff to refer to.
Minor illness - Is my child well enough to attend school?
Please refer to the guidance provided by Hillingdon participation Team regarding minor illness.
If your child wakes up feeling unwell but has made a significant improvement by morning break at 10:30am they are welcome to attend and staff will monitor them.
If your child is unwell in school we will call you either to discuss the next steps or be collected where necessary.
Information is provided by Public Health England with regard to exclusion periods for infectious diseases such as chicken pox, scarlet fever and hand foot and mouth disease.
Vomiting and diarrhoea
If you child has one episode of vomiting and the cause may be known , for example running around after eating , travel sickness , migraine and they have NO other symptoms and are drinking and eating normally they may return after 24 hours.
If they also have an upset stomach, vomited more than once and generally feel unwell or other family members or peers have been unwell with similar symptoms the exclusion period is 48 hours.
Children may bring a named bottle of water to school each day to keep in class and drink throughout the day.
First aid treatment
Staff who are first aid trained are identifiable by their green staff lanyards. If your child receives treatment for minor injuries in school from September 2019 an email notification will be sent to replace the medical notes that were previous issued.
If your child bumps their head , an orange ‘bumped head wrist band ‘ will be worn for the remainder of the day to alert staff .If your child has a raised bump to the head or staff have any other medical concerns a courtesy call will be placed to parents/ carers.
Should your child require medication we are ONLY able to administer this where it has been prescribed by a medical professional and is in packaging which carries the patient/pupil name, administration instructions, is within expiry date and a school medical permission form has been completed.
Medication held in school is labelled and recorded in a diary system and a notification will be sent reminding parents/carers to replace the medication if required. Please ensure that you speak to Mrs Thompson or Mrs White if there are any issues obtaining replacement medication.
All children who require adrenaline auto injectors (Epi-pens, Jext , Emerades) should have two in school – one which is kept in the welfare room and one in the ‘medication bag' which lives in the child’s classroom and accompanies them throughout the school day including to P.E. lessons and to the lunch hall. Our school First Aid policy states that two auto injector’s pens must be held in school if your child has an Allergy Treatment Plan.
Children with allergies require a NHS Treatment Plan which details the allergens and what to do in a medical emergency.
Ruislip Gardens Primary School has been awarded ‘Asthma Friendly School Status’ by Hillingdon Hospital Paediatric Team. This means that we have our asthma champions in school, Mrs Thompson and Mrs White and 85% of staff have received asthma training. Inhaler use is closely monitored and reported to Hillingdon Hospital on a monthly basis. All children who have been prescribed a blue salbutamol reliever inhaler should also have a volumatic spacer to assist with the administration of the medication and have permission to use the emergency asthma kits which are situated around school and regularly checked.
All children who require Asthma Pumps should have one pump and one spacer in school which will be kept in the class medical bag. The school will provide spare Emergency Asthma Kits which will be made available to a child in the event of an asthma attack, these are stored in the Medical Room, the Reception classroom, Year 2 corridors Upstairs and Downstairs Halls and in the Trip Medical Bags.
Staff complete red slips if a child uses an inhaler and should they require the inhaler more than once in a four hour period a call will be placed home.
Please inform staff if there are any changes to your child’s asthma management plan.
In order to minimise the spread of head lice please tie long hair up, spare hairbands are always available in school.
If a case of head lice is identified a Parent pay message will be sent home to the class affected.
Bug Buster Kits to tackle head lice are available from the school at the cost of £7.50, payable via Parent Pay. These can be collected from the school office once payment has been made.
Winter and Summer
When the weather is sunny could we remind parents to apply sunscreen to their children BEFORE school. Children should NOT bring bottles of sun cream into school, it is impractical for cream to be applied by an adult or a child during the school day. Please remember to bring a hat for your child if weather is particularly hot as we do make use of outdoor spaces when it is fine and dry.
When weather is cold please provide your child with a warm, waterproof coat each and every day and also, when required, a hat scarf and gloves.
PE / Forest School
All children should have a PE kit in school with a white t shirt, black shorts and plimsolls. In the colder months black track suit trousers may be worn. A limited number of spares are available. Please do not send your child with earrings on their PE days.
Children participate in The Forest School outside and wellington boots and waterproof clothing should be kept in school on their pegs. Spares are available if required.
The Welfare Team also organise a sale of second hand uniform each month, details can be found on the school newsletter.
As Headteacher I would like to welcome you all to our school. Ruislip Gardens Primary School is a very special place. Visitors comment positively about the school, from the children’s behaviour and their enthusiasm to the staffs ongoing commitment and dedication. We understand the power of education and take very seriously our duty to give your children the best start in life. I am personally very proud to be a member of this community.
The school recognises the value and uniqueness of each individual child and adult at Ruislip Gardens. We celebrate the talents and gifts of each child and enable them to develop to their full potential spiritually, morally, academically, socially and physically.
Our shared vision “Growing and Achieving Together” underpins all we believe in. Our core values
- Providing a safe and nurturing environment
- Establishing lifelong values
- Developing confident and independent learners
- Inspiring excellence
- Enabling everyone to succeed
show how Ruislip Gardens is dedicated to ensuring we help all our children become successful and happy young people. Their learning and personal development are our driving force.
With support and advice from all our stakeholders we were able to develop Ruislip Gardens 4 Life-long Values:
Each value has a definition, which you can read in the vision and values
section of the website.
I would like to extend an invitation to you to visit our school if you have
not already, where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. Finally I would
like to thank you for your continued support and for trusting us with the
privilege of educating your precious children.