Policies & Procedures
Administration of Medicines
If a child is on prescribed medication the following procedures will be followed
Where ever possible the child's parents will administer medicine
Where staffs are required to administer medication;
Only qualified members of staff / first-aiders will administer medicines
Written information must be obtained from the parent/carer/guardian giving clear instructions about the dosage, administration of the medication and permission for a qualified member of staff / first aider to follow the instructions.
All medications will be kept in the back storage room or in the refrigerator if required.
A medication book will be available to log in the following information: name of child receiving medication; times that the medication should be administered; date and time when medication is administered; together with the signature of the person who has administered each dose and signature of the parent/carer/guardian.
If a child has been prescribed Antibiotics by their doctor the child must have been taking the Antibiotics for 48 hours (from the first dose) before returning to Buttercups
Staff will only administer calpol if a child in their care develops a high temperature (38.5) during their attendance at Buttercups Nursery School.
Where a child requires calpol or another similar product
• All attempts must be made to locate a parent/guardian/carer for permission to administer the medicine.
• Should it not be possible to locate a parent/guardian/carer a qualified member of staff should check the child’s file to see if the parent has given written permission for the administration of the medicine and supplied sachets of calpol or other paracetamol based medication.
• The smallest possible amount should be administered as to be effective.
• A medication book will be available to log in the following information: name of child receiving medication; date and time when medication is administered; together with the signature of the person who has administered each dose.
PLEASE DO NOT ASK STAFF TO ADMINISTER CALPOL OR ANOTHER SIMILAR PRODUCT UNDER ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES
When the parents collect the child they must be told of the actions taken.
With regard to the administration of life saving medication such as insulin/adrenaline injections or the use of nebulisers, the position will be clarified by reference to the nursery school's insurance company.
With regards to the administration of non-prescribed oral medication i.e. cough mixture staff will not administer any medication brought in by the parent/carer, which has not been prescribed by a doctor.
With regards the application of non-prescribed creams, i.e. nappy creams etc., staff will apply if a written request is provided by a parent/carer