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Health & well-being

Being happy and secure plays an important part in your child’s ongoing success at school and you will find that your child’s well-being is important to their school. If you have any concerns about your child’s well-being, it’s important to let your child’s teacher know so that they can help find solutions to any problems.

Behaviour

It is in everyone’s interest for children to behave well at school. It makes for a pleasant classroom environment and means everyone will learn more. As a result, schools do a great deal of work to teach children about appropriate behaviour in the classroom in Reception. Most schools and classes have a set of rules or codes of conduct, supported by clear systems to help children to behave well. If you want to know more about how behaviour is managed or you have any concerns about your child’s behaviour or an incident they’ve told you about, make an appointment to see the class teacher and try to be calm when you go to the meeting.

Illness

In the early years of school, it’s common for children to get ill regularly as their developing immune systems meet numerous bugs and germs. Remember:

  • Do send your child if you think they are well enough to carry out the activities of the school day. A minor cold, sore throat or headache should not prevent them from coping at school.
  • Do make sure that your school has up to date contact numbers for you so that they contact you if your child is unwell.
  • Always make sure that you have someone who can pick your child up from school if they are unwell and if you are unable to.
  • Let the school know if your child has an infectious illness. It helps them to look for other children who might also become ill.
  • Don’t send your child to school if they have a temperature, are suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea or have an unexplained rash. Most schools have a policy of keeping staff and children off for 48 hours from when they were last sick or had diarrhoea to limit infection.
  • Don’t worry that your child may miss out or fall behind while they’re away from school. Talk with their teacher about what the class has been doing and see if there’s some catch-up work you can do at home if they’re feeling up to it.
  • For further advice, please do also speak to your child’s school about their policy on sickness and absence.

Attendance

Your child’s school will share their policy on attendance before the first day and you can find it on the school website. If your child is of compulsory school age and is registered at school, then you have a legal duty to ensure your child regularly attends school. There are two types of absences:

  • Authorised absences This is where the school has given approval in advance of an absence or has accepted the explanation offered afterwards. Schools will usually only authorise absences due to illness, medical appointments, and other special circumstances approved by the school, such as bad weather conditions, religious observances, funerals, etc.
  • Unauthorised absences These are absences that have not been approved by the school. Typically, this includes term-time holidays and unexplained absences, but exactly how they are defined is at the discretion of the school.
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