Medicine Policy

I am happy to give your child non-prescribed medication, such as cough mixture, Calpol, teething gel etc, but only if you have signed a parental permission form for me to do so and have provided the medicine yourself.  This must be clearly labeled with the child’s name.

The medical index card you completed for your child will list all the medicines you permit me to give to your child.  This medical card 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.  This card must also be used for short and long-term medication such as eczema cream or an asthma pump.

Even though you may have signed a form, I will still contact you by telephone to check that I can administer this medication. 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 dose and time given.

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 acute allergies and carries/needs an epi-pen or your child takes regular medication, please discuss the matter with me. I have had epi-pen and asthma training but may need additional training before I can look after your child.

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 before I can administer this medication to your child.

In some cases, a child on antibiotics may be asked not to attend for 2-3 days, in case they react to the medication and to prevent the spread of an infection to others. I will follow the guidance set out by the HPA – Health Protection Agency 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 me 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/Dentist or Health Professional.

I will record the course of medication along with the date and time each dose was administered to your child into my Medication Folder and request a parental signature at the end of the course of medication.

If your child has a self-held medication please obtain an additional one for me to be kept at my home. Older children can easily forget to bring home an inhaler. What could be a simple puff of ventalin then turns into a major incident and a trip to the hospital.

Policy Created 11.2.18

Review Date 31.12.18