Fairway Infant School

Childrens Health

Your Child's Health


Absence of Pupils due to Illness

If your child is absent from school please notify us by phone before 9.15am. Unexplained absences are followed up. Children who have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting should not attend school for 48 hours from the last episode. (Guidance from Health Protection Agency).

Medicines in School

Arrangements can be made to administer medicine to children who are on permanent or long-term medication (e.g. inhalers). All such medicines, clearly named on a pharmacy label and with full instructions for administration, should be handed in at the school office. Parents will be asked to complete a consent form, which can be download by clicking the link below.

Medicine should not under any circumstances be left in the care of your child.


Local Health Authorities consider that children requiring a dose of antibiotic during the school day are not well enough to attend school. All children should remain at home until such medicine can be given out of school hours. We know that this ruling sometimes conflicts with what your GP may tell you, but we have to abide by the Health Authority advice. This does not apply to children who have been prescribed antibiotics in the case of injury or as a preventative measure.



If your child has any type of allergy it is important that the school is informed as soon as possible. Where appropriate the school can keep medicines in school in case your child has an allergic reaction. Staff receive annual training in the use of Epipens and the care of children with asthma and epilepsy.

Specific areas that need to be considered are:

  • the fruit and vegetable snacks available every day to all children
  • Hot school meals - if your child has any special dietary requirements these MUST be discussed with our supplier and a suitable diet agreed BEFORE you order any meals for your child.