Week 4 - week commencing 29th June

FOOD AND DRINK

Snack

The Early Years class has its own snack area where fruit is provided free of charge.   The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme is a government programme that entitles every child in England, aged 4-6 in fully state-funded schools to a piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. Scientists agree that everybody, including children, can reduce their risk of heart disease and cancer by eating at least five portions of fruit and vegeta The selection ranges from apples, pears, strawberries, raisins, cucumber, bananas and satsumas. Water is continually available so children do not need to bring a water bottle to school.

Healthy Lunchboxes

Parents of children in the Nursery Class can opt for their child to stay to lunch at a cost of £5 per day. Parents need to provide their child with a packed lunch, prepared at home. We ask that children have a ‘healthy lunchbox’ – no sweets or fizzy drinks please. As we have children with severe allergies we ask that lunchboxes do not contain nuts - thank you. Children should bring their own lunchtime drink but water is always available if necessary.

 Free School Milk

Our school provides a milk scheme that is available to all of our pupils and we would like to invite you to register your child. School milk is free for under-5s, and for over -5s it is available at a subsidised price of £14 per term. Each child that is registered with Cool Milk will receive a 189ml portion of semi-skimmed milk every day, delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom. Their school milk will not only provide them with essential nutrients, but as it rehydrating and energy boosting it also bridges the gap between breakfast and lunch to help children stay focused. 

How to register

If your child is under five:

  • Register online at www.coolmilk.com or complete the attached registration form and return it to the school office.
  • Register by a Tuesday at 5pm for your child's free milk to start the following week.
  • Free milk will continue until the Friday before your child's fifth birthday. You will receive a payment request four weeks before their birthday - if you wish your child to continue to receive school milk, simply make a payment.
If you have any questions regarding school milk please visit www.coolmilk.com 
MEDICAL NEEDS

Staff in the school are trained in first aid procedures.  Designated teaching assistants attend to children who are hurt or unwell, contacting parents where necessary.  Any medical conditions should be highlighted in the admission forms or, if diagnosed later, brought to the attention of the class teacher in the first instance who will inform others if necessary. In some cases an Individual Healthcare Plan may need to be completed - the school will contact you with the necessary forms if such a medical need/condition is brought to our attention.

The school nursing team provide height and weight checks whilst children are in the Foundation Stage and may contact parents afterwards. The school nursing team provide regular training for staff on health issues such as the use of Epipens and asthma inhalers. Prescribed medicines may, if necessary, be administered by staff at the school but only with written consent from parents. 

Medicines which are prescribed to be taken three times a day should not be brought to school - administration in this case can be at breakfast, home time and bed time. Medicines that are not prescribed, such as cough mixture or pain relief, may not be administered by school staff. Parents should always inform the school if their child has a contagious illness and follow guidelines available from the office, namely recommended periods that children should be kept from school.

Any child suffering from sickness or diarrhoea should be kept off school for 48 hours after the last bout of illness to avoid spreading illness to others.

ATTENDANCE & LEAVE OF ABSENCE

The attendance rate at The John Hampden School Wendover is above the national average. It is extremely important that children attend school regularly and on time. This sets good habits and ensures that children do not miss out on vital elements of their learning programme. Parents are asked to notify the school with reasons for any absences, reminders will be sent if this is not forthcoming. Notification can be via telephone message or via email on the first day of the absence and then followed up daily if the absence continues. Pupils are not expected to be absent for more than 5% of sessions in a school. Parents will be informed on a termly basis of their child’s attendance figure. Where attendance drops below 95% parents may receive care calls from the school following up absences and offering support. We do not expect parents to take their children out of school during term time unless there are exceptional reasons for doing so. The Secretary of State for Education is very clear that it is disruptive to a child’s education and does not promote good habits. The majority of parents are able to take their children away in appropriate holiday periods. However, we do recognise that for some parents with exceptional circumstances, this is not possible. In these circumstances a form is available from the school office (or can be downloaded from the website) requesting leave of absence and should be filled in at least one month prior to any planned absence.

Please refer to the school website for leave of absence request.