Chidham Parochial Primary School

“Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15 verse 12

Health & Wellbeing

Medicines and illness

The school needs to be fully informed of medical conditions that might affect a child in school, notably diabetes, asthma and allergies. We adhere to the guidance on administration of medicines in school issued by the Department for Education. Please read our Managing Medicines Policy.

School Health Service

Standard tests for hearing and vision along with checks for height and weight are carried out for Reception (generally during the term they turn 5 years of age)

In  Year 6 there is a height and weight check.

Head lice

Incidents of head lice occur from time to time.  We encourage everyone to regularly check their children’s hair for any sign of head lice. (This can be achieved by regularly combing through the hair, which has conditioner on, with a nit comb.  If a member of your family is found to have head lice, please let the school know so that we can inform other families and ask them to check their family’s hair.

Healthy Eating 

We adhere to a healthy eating policy; this means that only fruit or vegetables will be acceptable as a snack at break time.  The children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 enjoy a daily fruit and water time; a piece of fruit or vegetable is provided each day through the national fruit and vegetable scheme.

We raise children’s awareness of the effect of consuming foods that contain a high level of sugar, fat, colouring and additives through various curriculum linked activities.

We cater for a number of children who are sensitive to certain foods and have an inclusive policy throughout the school.

Please read our Food Policy


We recognise that it is important for children to drink adequate amounts of fluid during the school day. We have four drinking fountains installed outside and a filtered water cooler inside. Children are encouraged to drink at appropriate times during the school day and especially at playtimes. We encourage everyone to have a clearly named drinking water bottle that can be washed and refilled each day.

It is the responsibility of each child or their parent to check that these are regularly washed and kept clean. These bottles should only contain water and not squash.