Your child's health and well-being is my highest priority. If your child requires medication, I want to work with you to provide this in the best way possible. This policy should be read in conjunction with my sick child policy.
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014) sets out how all early years settings deal with medication:
3.46 “Medicine (both prescription and non-prescription) must only be administered to a child where written permission for that particular medicine has been obtained from the child’s parent and/or carer. Providers must keep a written record each time a medicine is administered to a child, and inform the child’s parents and/or carers on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable.”
There are a number of circumstances when I might need to administer medication for your child:
For a long-term condition, for example, asthma
To respond to an acute illness, for example, allergic reaction
For a short-term illness, for example, an infection that needs antibiotics
In an emergency, for example, high fever
In each situation I must have clear permission for each different medication.
Long term conditions
If your child has a long-term condition that requires regular medication I will ask you to complete a health care plan and associated medication form. This will record the medication your child needs, how much and when to give it. You will sign it to provide permission for this medication and I will record each time I administer it.
Acute illness and allergic reaction
If you child does not need regular medication but has medicine that needs to be administered to treat symptoms if they occur I will also need you to complete a health care plan and provide permission for me to administer the medication. The form will provide me with information about:
The signs and symptoms to look for
The care your child needs
How to administer the necessary medication
Any further action required – e.g. seek medical attention
You must ensure that any medication needed to treat an allergic reaction is available to me at all times your child is in my care.
Please note that children who are unwell should not attend. They are best cared for at home because I am also caring for other children and may not be able to give them the attention they need when they are ill. Please refer to my sick child policy. It is likely that a child who has been prescribed a course of antibiotics will be well enough to return and you will need me to administer the medicine for a few days. You will need to complete a medication form with details about the medication, storage, dose and timings. Please let me know the evening before if your child will be needing medicine the next day and allow an extra 5-10 minutes at drop off to complete the necessary forms. I will not administer medication if you have not signed the form.
If your child needs paracetamol at regular intervals they are likely to be too ill to attend and I will not regularly administer paracetamol to children. Please refer to my sick child policy. However, a high fever in a young child can be serious and I would like to be able to use paracetamol in an emergency to bring down a high temperature. I will ask you to sign a permission form that enables me to give paracetamol under specific circumstances:
Only for a high fever (I will measure a child's temperature)
I will attempt to reduce their temperature by removing clothes and using a cool flannel first
Not in the first 4 hours your child is in my care, unless I have managed to contact you to confirm you have not given paracetamol
I will only give the dose listed on the bottle according to the child's age
I will expect you to come and collect your child as soon as possible
I will record when I gave it
If you feel you child requires paracetamol for teething or other short-time illness, please discuss this with me in advance and I will ask you to complete a different permission form.