First Aid Policy

Please note that this policy is currently under review by our Governing Body.

Policy Details
Date created12/20
Date reviewed
Next review date08/12/21
Date approved08/12/20

At Co-op Academy Clarice Cliff, we endeavour to provide the very best possible care for our pupils in the school. All of our teaching assistants and lunchtime supervisors are first aid trained in order to deliver the best care to our children.

The main First Aiders in school (completed 3 Day First Aid at Worked training) : Carole Brough and Kay Barlow

A number of staff working in the EYFS Department are trained in Paediatric First Aid. All class support staff are trained in First Aid, completing the Emergency First Aid at Work certificate. In January 2021, some additional staff will be trained in the more advanced 3 Day First Aid at Work qualification.

Lists of staff with first aid qualifications are displayed around school.

Where is the First Aid Room and Equipment?

We do not have a designated first aid room.The first aid equipment is stored in the labelled cupboards in the Staffroom and Reprographics Room. All children are brought to the first aid zone on the playground for treatment during playtimes and lunchtimes. There are first aid kits in all classrooms as well as in locations around school. At other times, children are treated in spaces according to the nature of their injuries.

Mrs Brough and Mrs Barlow order the first aid equipment and ensures that the first aid cupboard and first aid boxes are correctly stocked.

Procedures

For all incidents, staff will follow recommended procedures from the First Aid training.

Disposable gloves and aprons should be worn when dealing with all accidents. Blood/soiled dressings and used gloves/aprons should be placed in yellow “Contaminated Item” bags and then taken to the outside bins for disposal.

An up-to-date list of children’s medical conditions, asthma etc are kept in Class Medical Files in every classroom. This list is compiled by Sam Hudson, Parent Liaison Officer.

All minor accidents are reported to parents on a duplicated Accident Note which is signed by the first aider. The top copy is for the parent to keep and the duplicated copy will be kept in the accident books held in classrooms or the playtime / lunchtime accident bags. The KS1 accident bags are stored in the Medical Cupboard in the Reprographics Room. The KS2 accident bags are stored in the Medical cupboard in the staffroom.

For minor accidents the child should have the wound cleaned and dressed by a qualified first aider then sent back out to play or back to the classroom.

For more serious accidents parents are informed straight away, then parents can either come and check their child for themselves and take them home to monitor them or agree that they can stay in school. We do encourage parents to take children home to be monitored. Particular caution is taken in cases of head injuries such as head bumps. These are reported to parents who are then advised to keep a close watch on their child for any further signs of serious injury and to seek medical advice if necessary.

Any major incidents will be recorded on a Report of Accident Form and parents will be informed. Parents will receive a duplicated Accident Note.

Accidents during lunchtimes

Pupils will be seen by one of the qualified first aiders on the playground. The qualified first aider will treat the injury and complete the Accident Note (duplicated). Any serious accidents will be dealt with by the senior first aiders.

Accidents in the classroom

If an accident happens in the classroom, then a qualified first aider (usually the class teaching assistant) will deal with the child. Again any serious accidents will be dealt with by a senior first aider. If there are no teaching assistants in that class, a first aider from another class is called for.

Off site activities

Travel first aid kits are already made up for taking on trips. These are stored in the Reprographics Room Medical Cupboard. Staff will also take resources to deal with sickness. Staff will inform parents of any injuries on return to school and provide them with a copy of the Accident Note. Parents will be informed of any serious injuries during the day. If the child needs to attend hospital, staff will accompany the child and parents will be informed immediately.

Residential activities

If an accident is serious, parents will be informed immediately and medical advice or assistance will be sought as necessary eg 999. Minor accidents will be recorded as usual and parents informed as soon as the child returns to school.

Dealing with Emergencies

In an emergency, the member of staff will deal with the child/adult. The school office or another member of staff will call for an ambulance and contact the child’s parents. A member of staff will accompany a child to the hospital if the parents have not arrived in time. The member of staff will take necessary documents with them.

Good hygiene practice

We are currently following our own risk assessment for Covid hygiene.

This includes all children and adults being encouraged to wash their hands after going to the toilet, before eating or handling food.

All classrooms have hand sanitisation bottles for the children/adults to use after coughing or sneezing or cleaning their nose with a tissue which should be disposed of straight away.

All spillages of blood and body fluids should be cleaned up immediately using paper towels and then put into a yellow bag and put into the outdoor bins in the bin storage area. GLOVES AND APRONS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES.

Soiled children’s clothes must be put into a bag and sent home that day, ensuring parents are informed.

Sanitary towels and tampons should be placed in the bins provided.

Administration of Medicines and Individual Healthcare plans

See ‘Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions’ policy

Monitoring

Report of Accident Forms are monitored and the Headteacher reports concerns to the governing body on a termly basis.

The Local Governing Body must ensure that the arrangements are put in place and that they are sufficient to meet their statutory responsibilities and should ensure that policies, plans, procedures and systems are properly and effectively implemented.

Co-op Academy Clarice Cliff is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people / vulnerable adults and expects all staff, visitors, and volunteers to share this commitment.