Administration of Medicines Policy

It is important that I obtain prior written permission from parents, for medicines, before any medication can be given to a child.

I am happy to give your child non-prescribed medication, such as cough mixture, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, teething gel, Eczema creams, Allergy Relief medicine, etc, but only if you have signed a parental permission form for me to do so, and there is a medical reason for giving that medication.

Existing permission forms 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 they may need an additional form completing.

Even though you may have signed a form, I may still contact you by telephone to check that I can administer this medication. This is to protect your child, you and myself. It is vital that you inform me of any medication you may have given your child before they arrive into my care. I need to know what medicine they have had, the dosage given and the time that it was given. There are medication forms in the paperwork section of the wallet near the front door. I do not want children to accidentally receive an overdose of medication.

I will ensure that all medication given to me, will be stored correctly and I will check that it is still within its expiry date.

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

If your child needs to take medication prescribed by a doctor, please discuss this with me. I will need you to sign an additional permission form. In some cases, a child on antibiotics may be asked not to attend for up to 3 days, in case they react to the medication and to prevent the spread of an infection to others.

Any medicine given to me to administer, must be in its original bottle/container and not decanted. It must have the manufacturers guidelines on it, instructions for administration and if a prescription medication, the details of the Doctor/pharmacy.

I will record all medication administered in the log on Baby’s Days and request a parental signature, either at the end of each day or at the end of the course.

If you have any concerns regarding medication please do not hesitate to discuss them with me.

Reviewed by Louise Lawson Sept 2022