Medicine Policy

Last Updated: 13 Mar 2018

As your childcare provider I will ensure that I implement an effective procedure to meet the individual needs of a child when administering medicines. In order to achieve this I will do the following:


Procedure

I will keep a written record of a child’s need for medication and ask parents to update regularly.

I will keep written records of all medicines administered to children in my care.

I will obtain prior written permission from parents in order to administer medicines and I will inform parents when any medicine has been administered including the time and dosage.

I will work in partnership with parents to ensure the correct medication and dosage, etc is given.

I will store all medicines safely in the kitchen, out of reach of the children and strictly in accordance with the product instructions (which may require refrigeration in a sealed container away from food) and in the original container in which it was dispensed.

If the administration of prescription medicine requires technical/medical knowledge then I will attend the relevant training from a qualified health professional. The training will be specific to the child in question.

I will only administer prescription medication to the child if it is prescribed for by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist and has that child’s name on the prescription label.

I will only administer non-prescription medication such as pain and fever relief (i.e. Calpol or Nurofen) with parents’ previous written consent and only when there is a health reason to do so. Verbal or written consent (including text message) will be requested for administering of non-prescription medicines on each occasion.

I will never administer medicines containing aspirin to a child under the age of 16 unless prescribed by a doctor.

In an emergency situation, if I do not administer the medicine whilst the child is in my care I will inform parents of who will be responsible for the administration of medicines to their child.

If a dose is missed this will be recorded and the parents informed. Children cannot be forced to take medication so in the event of a refusal this will be recorded and parents will be contacted.

If I have a child in my care with long-term medical needs then I will ensure that I have sufficient information about the child’s medical condition and will work in partnership with parents and any other health professionals to assist the administration of any prescribed medication and the management of any other health needs such as a gastrostomy tube.

If a child has medication that they administer themselves at my setting (such as an asthma inhaler) then I will ask them to tell me so that it can be recorded. Full details of the medication and the child’s requirements for it will be recorded in the Accident, Incident and Medication folder, and the parent will sign to give consent for the child to self medicate.

All consent forms and completed records will be stored securely in accordance with my confidentiality policy.

Childminder's Name Marie Smale
Date the Policy was Written 13th March 2018
Date the Policy was Last Reviewed 13th March 2019
Date the Policy is Due for Review 13th March 2020

This policy supports the following requirements and standards:

England
Meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements.

Health, Medicines

Ofsted Registration Number: EY559909