Health Needs

Administering Medication in School

Ladybridge Primary School is an inclusive community that aims to support and welcome pupils with medical conditions. We aim to provide all pupils with all medical conditions the same opportunities as others at school.

Ladybridge ensures/understands:

  • All staff understand their duty of care to children and young people in the event of an emergency.
  • All staff feel confident in knowing what to do in an emergency.
  • Certain medical conditions are serious and can be potentially life threatening, particularly if ill managed or misunderstood.
  • The importance of medication being taken as prescribed.
  • All staff understand the common medical conditions that affect children at this school.

Medication can be administered within school, but must follow very strict guidelines:

  1. Medicines must be prescribed by a doctor.
  2. Parents/Carers must complete and sign the administration of medication consent form, including dosage, time, and any necessary instruction (i.e. to be stored in the fridge) and hand this into the school office.
  3. Medicine must be clearly labelled and have a medicine spoon provided, if necessary.

Unfortunately, we are unable to administer over-the-counter medicines that are not prescribed by a doctor such as Calpol and cough syrup, so please do not send these into school. You may, however, choose to come into school and administer such medications yourself at any time during the day and office staff will be happy to assist you in arranging to do so. Other medications not allowed in school unless brought in and administered by a parent/carer are: cough sweets, throat lozenges, vapour rubs, decongestant sprays, etc.

Please note that all medication will need to be personally dropped off at the office and signed for by a parent/carer in the new administered medicine log book, and again be collected and signed for at the office at the end of the school day by the individual who collects your child. The school office is open from 8.30am until 3.45pm, daily.

These guidelines are to ensure the safety of all children within school, and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Should you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact school.

Nut Free Zone

We have children in school who have an allergic reaction to nuts, and in two particular cases, this allergic reaction could result in an anaphylactic shock – which is life threatening. It is not just eating nuts that can make these children ill, but having any kind of contact i.e. with products containing nuts, with people who have nut products on their skin or clothes.  

We, as a school, have procedures in place, but it is essential that we have your co-operation to help protect these children.  Nuts are in so many products that extra care is needed when sending food into school either for snacks at break times or packed lunches.  Please could you check food labels for any products you send to school.

When it comes to Christmas parties or other events that involve sending food into school, please could you take extra care if you are preparing/baking food to ensure it does not contain/come into contact with nuts or have nut traces. Please remember that treat boxes like Roses/Quality Street/Celebrations contain chocolates that contain nuts such as Bounty, Snickers, Hazelnut Whirl, etc; please do not send these into school.

Head Lice

While head lice are nothing more than a nuisance, in order to prevent an outbreak we suggest that you check your child’s head on a regular basis, following the simple CHECK, TREAT, COMPLETE routine below.

It is also essential that all longer hair is securely tied back to ensure minimum risk of lice transferring between children.


  • Your child’s hair at least once a week
  • Use a proper detection comb- with teeth no more than 0.3mm apart to trap head lice - they are white in colour so they can be easily seen.
  • If you find live lice, consult a pharmacist for treatment advice.
  • If head lice are spotted, take a close look at all the family, including yourself and ask close family and friends to check as well.


  • Use a clinically proven treatment, ideally with a physical mode of action to which lice are very unlikely to build up resistance.
  • Leave the treatment on for the recommended time for maximum effect- leaving it on for longer will not make it more effective.


  • Repeat the treatment for a second time seven days after the first to kill any lice that may hatch from eggs during that time - if the pack instructions specify that a second application is required.
  • Check that all head lice have gone within two to three days of the final application of treatment to complete the process.

For further information on head lice, see your pharmacist or click here for further information.