Medical Information



First Aid and Illness

Where necessary, first aid is given at school, by qualified first aiders. Classrooms have a first aid box and any minor injuries (cuts, bumps, etc.) will be treated in the classroom. Any more serious bumps etc., will be treated in our large medical room which is set up for more serious injuries and if a child needs support from additional first aiders or paramedics.


Medicines in School

All medicines are kept in a locked cupboard, or refrigerator, and a record is kept of all medicines administered.

We can only take medicines which come in a box from the pharmacist with the original label on it, detailing child's name, dosage, timings and date. Antibiotics can only be accepted if they are prescribed to be taken 4 times a day.

If you do need to bring medicine into school, they must be taken to the School Office by the parent/carer, not by the child. You will be asked to complete a medical administration form to enable us to administer the medicine.

PLEASE NOTE: If we do not have all the correct paperwork in place, we CANNOT administer ANY medicines.

Please click here to download our medicine administration form.


Asthma inhalers are prescribed medication and parents are asked to complete a medical administration form so that your child's inhaler can be used during school time.


Medical Information 

On admission to Wimborne First School all parents are asked to complete a Medical Information form.  It is the parents' responsibility to ensure full medical information is documented on the form to enable the school to be able to care for the child.

All health care professionals involved with the child should also be documented, along with details for the GP surgery the child is registered with.

Should your child have specific in-depth needs, parents should highlight this to the school as soon as possible. This will enable the school to write a health care plan in conjunction with Health Care Professionals.



To reduce the spread of infection we advise parents/guardians to avoid bringing poorly children into school as they may be infectious.

Responsibility for these precautions rests with child’s parents/guardian. Our first actions on suspecting that a child is ill will be to contact the parent/guardians at the first opportunity.

Minimum exclusion periods for the common childhood illnesses as per Public Health information, can be found listed below and are as follows:

Rashes and Skin Infections

Infection or complaint Recommended period to be kept away from school
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Chickenpox
Until all spots have crusted over
  • Cold sores (Herpes Simplex)
  • German Measles (Rubella)
Four days from onset of rash
  • Hand, foot and mouth
  • Impetigo
Until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment
  • Measles
Four days from onset of rash
  • Molloscum Contagiosum
  • Ringworm
Exclusion not usually required
  • Roseola (Infantum)
  • Scabies
Child can return after first treatment
  • Scarlet Fever
Child can return 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment
  • Slapped Cheek/Fifth Disease (Parvovirus B19)
None (once rash has developed)
  • Shingles
Exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered
  • Warts & Verrucae

Diarrhoea and Vomiting Illness 

Infection or Complaint Recommended period to be kept away from school
  • Diarrhoea and/or vomiting

48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting

  • E. coli O157 VTEC Typhoid [and Paratyphoid] (Enteric Fever) Shigella (Dysentery)
48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea. Further exclusion may be required for some children until they are no longer excreting
  • Cryptosporidiosis

Exclude for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea

Respiratory Infections

Infection or complaint Recommended period to be kept away from school
  • Flu (Influenza)
Until recovered
  • Tuberculosis
Always consult your local PHE centre
  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
5 days from starting antibiotic treatment or21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment

Covid 19 - Latest Guidance

The message from the Government, is that we should now treat Covid as any other respiratory infection - if we feel too unwell to attend school or work, we should stay at home and rest until we feel well enough to return to normal activities.

Children or young people who are generally unwell and/or have a high temperature, should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a temperature and they are well enough to attend.

If for any reason your child has taken a COVID-19 test and had a positive result, your child should stay at home for 3 days after the day of the test (the requirement is 5 days for adults). They can return to school as normal at that point, provided that they don’t have a high temperature. This latest guidance also relates to children or adults who are currently isolating.

Other Infections 

Infection or complaint Recommended period to be kept away from school
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Diptheria
Exclusion is essential. Always consult your GP
  • Glandular Fever
  • Head Lice
  • Hepatitis A
Exclude for 7 days after onset of Jaundice (or 7 days after symptom onset if no Jaundice)
  • Hepatitis B, C, HIV/AIDS
  • Meningococcal Meningitis/Septicaemia
Until recovered
  • Meningitis due to other bacteria
Until recovered
  • Meningitis - Viral
  • MRSA
  • Mumps
5 days after onset of swelling 
  • Threadworms
  • Tonsillitis


We have lots of soap in school and the children will be washing their hands regularly. PLEASE DO NOT send in any hand gel, lotions, soaps or creams - the children will not be allowed to use these. 

If your child has a skin allergy,  please ask your doctor to prescribe some appropriate hand soap that can be kept in the classroom. This is to protect any children who may have allergies.

Sun Cream

Please ensure your child has sun cream applied before they attend school. We are not allowed to apply sun cream and the children are not allowed to bring it into school.