Information on exclusion periods for illness
Strep A is a common type of bacteria. Most strep A infections are mild and easily treated, but some are more serious.
Symptoms of a strep A infection
Common symptoms of strep A include:
Most strep A infections are not serious and can be treated with antibiotics.
But rarely, the infection can cause serious problems. This is called invasive group A strep (iGAS).
What to do if your child is unwell
It can be difficult to tell when a child is seriously ill, but the main thing is to trust your instincts.
You know better than anyone else what your child is usually like, so you'll know when something is seriously wrong.
If your child does not seem to be seriously ill, you can usually look after them at home. They should feel better in a few days.
If they're uncomfortable, you can give them children's paracetamol or children's ibuprofen. Check the leaflet to make sure the medicine is suitable for your child and to see how much to give them.
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Urgent advice:Get an urgent GP appointment or get help from NHS 111 if:
- your child is unwell and is getting worse
- your child is feeding or eating much less than normal
- your child has fewer wet nappies than usual or is peeing less than usual, or shows other signs of dehydration
- your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38C, or is 3 to 6 months and has a temperature of 39C or higher
- your child is very tired or irritable
It's important to trust your instincts if your child is unwell. Get medical help if you think you need it.
Check symptoms on 111 online (for children aged 5 and over) or call 111 (for children under 5).
Immediate action required:Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- your child is having difficulty breathing – they may make grunting noises, or you may notice their tummy sucking under their ribs
- there are pauses when your child breathes
- your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue or grey – on black or brown skin this may be easier to see on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet
- your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake
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Treatments for a strep A infection
Most strep A infections can be easily treated with antibiotics.
If you or your child has a strep A infection, you should stay away from nursery, school or work for 24 hours after you start taking antibiotics. This will help stop the infection spreading to other people.
Serious strep A infections (invasive group A strep, iGAS) need to be treated in hospital with antibiotics.
How you get strep A infections
Strep A infections are spread by close contact with an infected person. They can be passed on through coughs and sneezes or from a wound.
In some people, the bacteria live in the body without causing symptoms or making them feel unwell. But they can still pass the bacteria on to others.
Things that might make you more at risk of strep A infections include:
- a weakened immune system
- open sores or wounds
- some viral infections, such as a cold or flu
How to avoid getting infections
Infections like strep A can easily be spread to other people.
To reduce the chance of catching or spreading an infection:
- wash your hands often with soap and water
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- bin used tissues as quickly as possible
If your child requires any medication to be administered in school please fill in the form below and pass to a member of staff.
National Child Measurement Programme
The NCMP programme is led by Shropshire Community Health Trust and involves measuring the height and weight of all Reception and Year 6 children in school. You would have filled in a form for your child to participate in this programme when enrolling at school but if you have since changed your mind and would like to "Opt Out" please read the further information below issued by Shropshire Community Health Trust.
Height and weight checks for children in Reception and Year 6
Each year in England, school children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight checked at school as part of the National Child Measurement Programme. Height and weight measurements are used to calculate weight status. We collect this information because it is in the public interest to understand how many children are overweight, healthy weights or underweight. Your child’s class will take part in this year’s programme.
The checks are carried out by trained school nurses or trained health care providers. Children are measured fully clothed, except for their coats and shoes, in a private space away from other pupils.
The information we collect and what it is used for is listed below:
· Your child’s age, gender, and date of birth are used to calculate your child’s weight category
· Your child’s name, date of birth and NHS Number are used to link your child’s measurements from Reception and Year 6. Other data sets may also be linked such as your child’s dental survey results or any visits to hospital they may have had. Linking your child’s information in this way helps us to understand how and why the weight status of children is changing, and how this affects children’s health
· Your child’s ethnicity and address are used to help understand some of the reasons for the difference and changes in child weight across England
· Your address is required to send you your child’s feedback letter. This will include your child’s measurements together with information about healthy eating, being active and related activities.
· Your telephone number may be required as we may contact you by telephone to discuss your child’s feedback to offer you further support following your child’s height and weight measurement.
All of the data collected is also used for improving health, care and services through research and planning.
All this information is treated confidentially and held securely. No individual measurements will be given to school staff or other children.
How the data is used
The information collected from all schools in the area will be gathered together and held securely by Shropshire Council. We will store your child’s information as part of their local child health record on the NHS’s child health information database and share it with their GP. All the information collected about your child will be sent by us to NHS Digital. NHS Digital is responsible for collecting data and information about health and care so that this can be used to monitor and improve the care provided to people across England. The information collected about your child will also be shared by NHS Digital with Public Health England but in a de-personalised form only. This means Public Health England will not be able to identify your child. Public Health England is responsible for working to protect and improve the nation’s health. Both NHS Digital and Public Health England will use the information from the National Child Measurement Programme to better understand numbers and trends in child weight and body mass index (BMI). This helps with the planning of services to support healthy lifestyles in your area. No information will ever be published by NHS Digital or Public Health England that identifies your child. De-personalised information from the National Child Measurement Programme may also be shared by NHS Digital with other organisations, such as universities. This is to help improve health, care and services through research and planning. This information cannot be used to identify your child, and NHS Digital only ever shares information for research with the approval of an independent group of experts.
Withdrawing your child from the National Child Measurement Programme
If you are happy for your child to be measured, you do not need to do anything.
If you do not want your child to take part, you may choose to withdraw by returning the NCMP withdrawal slip to your child’s school. Children will not be made to take part on the day if they do not want to.
If you would like to discuss your child being measured or if your child has a medical condition that you think may affect their measurements, please do not hesitate to contact the NCMP advice line below, leave a message and a qualified nurse will contact you within 5 working days.
NCMP Advice line: 07896 812233
Opting your child out of being weighed and measured
Return the form below if you do not want your child to participate.