This policy and procedure ensures that children with medical needs receive proper care and support whilst in the setting. Parents are requested to complete an ‘Administration/storage of Medicine’ form found in their ‘New Starters’ Pack.
If a child begins a course of prescribed treatment requiring medication or a change in medication, after they have started nursery, parents will be required to complete a new form.
‘Medicines should only be taken to settings when essential; that is, where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not administered during the setting day’ (Managing Medicines Guidance- DfES, 2005)
If the child is on prescribed medication the following procedures will be followed:
If possible, the child’s parents will administer the medication. If not, then medication must be stored in the original container and clearly labeled with child’s name, dosage and any instructions.
Written information will be obtained from the parent, giving clear instructions about the dosage, administration of the medication and permission for a member of staff to follow the instructions.
All medications will be kept out of the reach of the children.
A Medication Book will be available to log in:
Name of child receiving medication.
Times that the medication should be administered.
Date and time when medication is administered together with the signature of the person who has administered each dose. The name, dosage and administration of the medication will be witnessed by a second practitioner.
The expiry date of the medicine.
With regard to the administration of life saving medication such as insulin/adrenalin injections or the use of nebulizers, the position will be clarified by reference to the nursery’s insurance company. If specialist knowledge is required, staff involved in administering medication will receive training from a qualified health professional.
Children will never be forced to take their medication, the parent’s will be contacted to inform them of the situation and practitioner will record the incident in the Medication Book.
When requested to do so by parents, practitioners can administer non-prescribed medication for example; cough syrups and liquid paracetamol when considered to be necessary. The above procedure for prescribed medications will be followed. Non-prescribed medication should never be given routinely and blanket consent should not be given to a parent to cover all non-prescribed medication.
Medication containing Aspirin
Practitioners will not give medication to children under 16 years of age, containing aspirin unless a doctor has prescribed that medication for that particular child.
Storage of Medication
Emergency medication such as asthma inhalers and adrenaline pens will be kept in an airtight plastic box provided by the parents. The plastic box lid will be covered with a green cross together with the child’s name. The plastic box will be kept in the nursery medication box in the setting rooms but out of reach of the children.
Medication requiring refrigeration will be kept in the kitchen fridge. Parents must provide an airtight plastic container that is clearly labelled with the name of the child and the contents. Children do not have access to the fridge.
‘Staff should not dispose of medicines. Parents are responsible for ensuring that date-expired medicines are returned to a pharmacy for safe disposal. They should also collect medicines held at the end of each term’ (Managing Medicines Guidance, DfES 2005).
This policy was adopted on August 2015
Updated/reviewed February 2017
Manager J Nolan-Davies