Training Needs of Staff when dealing with Chickenpox
With all medical conditions staff in all settings should have appropriate and up to date training to ensure they are able to support the child’s medical needs appropriately and confidently.
According to the statutory guidance “Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions”;
The school’s policy should include that any member of school staff providing support to a pupil with medical needs should receive suitable training.
Healthcare professionals will work with schools and staff to identify the type and level of training required and how this can be obtained. Training will ensure staff are competent and have enough confidence in the abilities to support the requirements of the child individual health care plan. Staff must also obtain training in order to administer medicines or perform healthcare procedures. A first aid certificate does not constitute appropriate training when considering children with specific medical conditions. The school will additionally set out arrangements for whole school awareness training so that all staff are aware of the schools policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions and their role in implementing that policy.
If a child refuses to take medicine or carry out a necessary procedure, staff should not force them to do so, but follow the procedure agreed in the individual healthcare plan. Parents should be informed so that alternative options can be considered.
For children who are thought to have chickenpox within an early years setting there is no specific training required or listed. However, early year’s staff need to be aware of the signs, symptoms and characteristics of chickenpox so that they are able to identify it and help the children meet their medical needs.
Chickenpox required an absence from school until the worst of the symptoms are over. Typical signs are; a fever, flu-like symptoms, headache, feeling sick, loss of appetite and muscle pains and aches. For these characteristics some settings typically day cares will contact parents and may ask to administer calpol or nurofen (dependent on parents preference) in order to sooth the child and lower the temperature prior to collecting them.
For the administration of the medicine staff will need to have the appropriate training. There also needs to be a witness when administrating the medicine and information such as time, amount, reason and the medicine will be filled out on the child’s medical form in which the parent will be asked to sign before the child leaves. The child will then be made comfortable, soothed and reassured prior to their parent arriving; all of which requires no specific training.