Administering medecines Policy Statement

General Welfare Requirement: Safeguarding and Promoting Children's Welfare The provider must promote the good health of the children, take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection, and take appropriate action when they are ill. Promoting health and hygiene

While it is not our policy to care for sick children, who should be at home until they are well enough to return to the setting, we will agree to administer medication as part of maintaining their health and well-being or when they are recovering from an illness.

In many cases, it is possible for children's GP's to prescribe medecine that can be taken at home in the morning and evening. As far as possible, administering medecines will only be done where it would be detrimental to the child's health if not given in the setting. If a child has not had a medication before, especially a baby/child under two, it is advised that the parent keeps the child at home for the first 48 hours to ensure no adverse effect as well as to give time for the medication to take effect.

These procedures are written in line with current guidance in `Managing medecines in Schools and Early Years Settings; the manager is responsible for ensuring all staff understand and follow these procedures. The key person is responsible for the correct administration of medication to children for whom they are the key person. This includes ensuring that parent consent forms have been completed, that medecines are stored correctly and that records are kept according to procedures. In the absence of the key person, the manager is responsible for the overseeing of administering medication.



The administration is recorded accurately each time it is given and is signed by staff. Parents sign the record book to acknowledge the administration of a medecine. The medication record book records:


Storage of medecines


Children who have long term medical conditions and who may require on ongoing medication


Managing medecines on trips and outings




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