Tips for Parents

Dear Parents,

The well-being of our children is very important to us. Once a week, a fully licensed doctor visits us to see whether any of our children require medical support. Our school nurses at each TCG are present during every school day, from when the children arrive until the school day ends. She cares for injured children by administering first aid, helps children when they are feeling unwell and administers any prescribed medication that your child might require.

Our nurses stock a variety of over-the-counter medications such as Calpol, Brufen, creams and gels for minor complaints, and products for cleaning minor injuries.  However, before any medication can be administered, we need our parents to sign a consent form and will contact parents prior to administering any oral medications. Kindly note that we are not able to administer any medication if we do not have a signed consent form.

If your child is taking any regular medication, either long or short term, this medication will be administered by the nurse. Please hand the medication directly to your school nurse, clearly marked with name, time and dosage required, including personal inhalers to prevent or treat an asthma attack. We cannot allow children to keep medication in their bags.

If a child is severely unwell and has to be picked up, we will immediately inform the parents or guardian.

If your child is unwell, please keep them at home so that they can rest and recover, and also to ensure the illness is not spread at school.

Please keep your child at home if the following applies:
Vomiting and/or Diarrhoea

Please only have your child return to school if they are symptom free for 48 hours after being diagnosed.

Temperature of 37.8° Celsius plus

Please only have your child return to school if they are symptom free for 48 hours after being diagnosed.

Your child can return to school if their temperature is normal and medication is no longer required.

Conjunctivitis
You child can return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medicine, providing their eyes are clean again (e.g. no ongoing secretion).
Sore Throat

If your child is diagnosed with a streptococcal throat infection, they may only return to school once they have taken antibiotics for at least three days, have no fever and are feeling well.

Rashes

Most rashes are not contagious, however, common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a doctor has made a diagnosis and the school nurse has examined your child and given permission for them to return to class. If in any doubt, please take your child to see the school nurse before they attend the classroom.

Coughs and Colds

Please consider keeping your child at home if they are experiencing discomfort from cold symptoms such as nasal congestion and/or a cough so they can rest and recover.

Childhood Illnesses

Young children are still in the process of building up their immune systems and therefore often suffer from colds, coughs etc. Sometimes it can seem as though they are always sick. This is normal for toddlers and it plays an important part in the development of their immune systems. Common colds, scarlet fever, molluscum contagiosum (skin warts), head lice, chickenpox and rotavirus, for example, are typical childhood diseases. Please check your child’s hair regularly, especially if they are scratching their neck and the area behind the ears. If your child has head lice, please administer treatment immediately and inform the school nurse.

If my child is sick, who should I inform?

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please call the Reception of the TCG your child is attending. Please also inform the school in case of any contagious illnesses diagnosed by the doctor.

Please inform the Reception of the TCG your child is attending immediately of any change in any of your contact telephone numbers to ensure that we always have updated records on file to contact a parent or guardian in the event of sickness or accident. Please leave an alternative emergency contact number with the Reception or the Class Teacher in case both parents are travelling outside of the UAE.