We hope that this page will provide you with useful information about some common childhood illnesses. All of the leaflets below have been carefully chosen as a reliable source of information, but we cannot be held responsible for the content of this information. If in doubt, please see your General Practitioner (family doctor).
The school nurse is Cev Alkan and you can telephone her on 0116 294 3092 if there's anything you wish to discuss; and she will see you and/or your child in school if she thinks this is appropriate.
From Friday 6th October 2017, Cev will also operate a Parent Drop In session at the school on the 1st available Friday of each month. If you would like to meet with her, please speak with either Paul Galvin or Michelle Forbes to make an appointment.
Head Lice sometimes crop up and school and we will send a ParentMail message out if we become aware of head lice in your child's class. There are lots of ways of dealing with these critters, but we promote Bug Busting! Go to www.chc.org for information on Bug Busting.
How long should my child stay off school? If you can't see the answer here, please call school and ask.
As a general rule, use the following guidelines.
|Vomitting & diarrhoea||At least 48 hours after the last episode|
|Chicken pox & shingles||Wait until all the blisters have dried and scabbed over|
|Conjunctivitis||You will usually be able to bring your child to school as normal. However, if we have a severe outbreak, we may ask you to keep your child at home|
Wait until the sores have all dried and healed
No time off required
|Tonsilitis||Stay away from school until the symptoms have passed|
|Whooping cough||Complete a course of antibiotics before returning to school|
School Nurse Team
As School Nurses we develop specialist roles within and outside the school environment. This includes working with children and young people aged from rising 5 year olds to 18 year olds in full-time education. Visit the website for further information:
What do School Nurse Teams do?
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If you would like to contact the team for additional support you can contact the team:
The Merlyn Vaz Health Centre
1, Spinney Hill Road,
Tel: 0116 2943095
Fax: 0116 2943096
Please ask school for a referral form or see Michelle who can help support the process.
As part of our new 'Resilience & Well-Being' work we will be supporting pupils to develop a culture of resilience and emotional well-being!
Health for kids is a learning website for children aged 4-11 years old, brought to you by the NHS.
open browser and type in: www.healthforkids.co.uk
Children and young people can experience are range of difficulties at any time in their life. Early help is for children and young people of any age and can come from all kinds of services and organizations who work together to support the family. You might be using some of these services already, but we want to make sure they are providing the right support for you and your family’s needs.
You can request targeted support if you have concerns about your child’s health, development or behaviour.
The request can be made by yourself or with the support of a teacher, health professional or support worker. During the assessment, you will be fully involved and listened to which will help find the right support that you, your child and family may need.
For more information about Early Help contact 0116 454 5899 or email