I've posted before about my dd's severe excema and the problems she has at school, esp. as the teachers are not allowed to apply cream to her.
So I have made an appointment to see the SENCO / INCO and I think what I'm going to say is that dd needs a written care plan / IEP, and ideally two key workers (so that if one is away there is still one there) to be aware of her ercema needs and at the very least, to watch her apply the cream and give advice ("You've missed a bit!")
I am very new to all this and I don't want to come across as a pushy parent (I don't want to alienate myself from the school staff) but I do want to do my absolute best to get dd looked after.
Any suggestions / advice? Any relevant legislation that you know of that miight help me fight my (dd's) corner?
Hi Rosey - I posted on your other thread I think and just wanted to say I'm glad that something is finally happening to help your daughter.
I very much doubt that you will come across as a pushy parent and once you have had an opportunity to present the facts to the school I'm sure they will help find a solution.
I don't know about the legislation etc but I'm sure someone else will.
Wishing you lots of strength for your meeting - don't be pushed into a corner but speak your mind - in a professional polite manner of course!
Just wanted to add that i really want to sort this out this week. Dd is about to go into Year 1 and I think things are going to be harder for her (ie. one teacher to 25 kids, as opposed to 2.5 teachers in the nursery which is what she's had until now...)and I must say that the managing her excema has been a real headache in the nursery so I think it's going to get harder, not easire. Maybe I'm being overly negative but there you go....
i would recommend rice milk fortified with calcium rather than soya as soya is very sweet and can cause a reaction too - it really really reduced my dd's excema - i was amazed at the difference in about a week
the cream thing is tricky - as the day is so short, i guess you apply in the am and after school so is it just once a day after lunch, or after she has washed hands? they should be able to manage once?
Hi Tassi! My dd is allergic to soya! But thankfully she's not allergic to dairy milk so that's what she gets.
About schools and medication...each school has its own policy, there is nothing in Gov't legslation that says schools must not administer meds - just that schools do not have to. However "Every Child Matters" gives non-statutory giudelines which include providing the means for children to remain healthy (in my dd's case this means being creamed during the school day). My excema nurse is on a mission to get more schools looking atfer kids with severe excema because it is a real physical need.
Newgirl hi! Rice milk sounds interesting...might give it a whirl! Dd needs separate handwashing soap (Dermal 500, if you know it) and creaming round about lunchtime. She can't go more than 3 hours really. It's partly about the school providing the staff to supervise dd creaming herself and partly to do wth the whole issue of staff touching children (from a child protection pov). It's a minefield!
Hi Tassi I am seeing her tomorrow (wed) pm so i'll post tomorrow night and let you know.
I work in a sec school so I had a chat with our SENCO today and ran what I am planing on saying past her, which was v. helpful. I have a list of ideas of how the school can support dd's excema...let's just hope I can persuade the school to put them into practice!