Administering medicines policy

Paragraph 3.45 states:

Providers must have and implement a policy and procedures for administering medicines.

It must include systems for obtaining information about a child’s needs for medicines and for keeping this information up to date.

-Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (2014)

If your child needs to take medication prescribed by a doctor, please discuss this with us.  We will need you to sign a specific permission form for each medication.  A child on antibiotics may be asked not to attend for 24 days in case they react to the medication and to prevent the spread of an infection to others, we will follow the guidance set out by the Public Health England where they detail the most common infectious diseases and the recommended periods for which children should be kept away from school or nursery.

All medicine given to us to administer must be in its original bottle/container and not decanted.  It must have the manufacturers guidelines on it and if a prescription medication the details from the Doctor/Pharmacy.

If your child has a self-held medication please obtain an additional one for us to be kept in our setting.  Older children can easily forget to bring an inhaler.  What could be a simple puff of Ventalin then turns into a major incident and a trip to the hospital.  If your child has acute allergies and carries/needs an epipen, please discuss the matter with us.  We may need additional training to administer these forms of medication.

We will record in writing the course of medication along with the date and time each dose was administered to your child and request a signature.

We will ensure that all medication given to us will be stored correctly and we will check that it is still within its expiry date before administering.

We will not administer non-prescription medicine to a child unless it is paracetamol to prevent febrile convulsions should they have a high temperature.  In the case of this we will contact the parents first, who will be requested to collect their child as soon as possible.

This permission form will be regularly reviewed to ensure that there are no changes, for example, a child may no longer be able to take some medication or may need an additional form.  It is vital that you inform us of any medication you may have given your child before they arrive into our care.  We need to know what medicine they have had, the dose and time given.

We will NOT administer medication if your child has not taken it previously, in case of an allergic reaction.  If you have any concerns regarding medication please do not hesitate to discuss them with us.