Welfare & Medicines

Welfare and Medicines

There may be times your child is poorly.  West Sussex County Council, with the Health Protection Agency, have produced useful guidance on what to do regarding school if your child is unwell ie sickness and diahorrea, chicken poxs, slapped cheek etc.  Please click on the link below.  

Medicines in School

We can only administer medication in school if:

  • It has been prescribed by a Doctor, is in the original packaging and with the pharmacy label on it with your child’s name.
  • You have signed a consent form for Paracetamol/Ibuprofen and antihistamine and if we feel it is necessary to enable your child to remain in school.
  • Trained staff oversee the administration of the medication, which has been supplied by the parent.

Inhalers and other portable medical treatment

Some children require daily medication as part of a health care plan such as inhalers or insulin.  If your child will be needing ongoing medication, please book an appointment with the school office to fill in an Individual Health Care Plan. (IHCP)

For some medication such as inhalers and Epi-pens, we ask that you provide two of each (and a spacer for an inhaler).  One is kept securely in the classroom for easy access and one in the medical room.  These must be clearly named and in date.  It is the parent’s responsibility to supply the appropriate medication and ensure that it is in date. 

Epi-pens – most of our staff are trained annually in how to administer an epi-pen as part of our ongoing first aid training.

If larger essential medical equipment is required for school trips such as portable nebulizers, then the parent must supply the equipment to the school in a bag that is named and the machine/unit is complete and ready for use.  The parent/carers should note that the school cannot be held responsible for loss, damage, maintenance of any piece of equipment.

Head Lice

Head lice are a common problem, particularly in school children aged 4-11 years. As you know head lice can be effectively treated with medicated lotions or by wet combing using a specially designed head lice comb. If your child does get headlice, please let the school office know.  Further advice on detection and treatment can be found on this link. 



Public Health England have issued information for parents regarding Measles. If you have any concerns about your child please seek medical advice.

Sun Protection

It is important that all children are protected against the sun once the weather gets warmer. In the summer months, children must be provided with a sunhat. Sun protection should be applied before school, preferably the ‘one application’ that lasts all day.