Medication Policy

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At Little Tinkers Nursery School our medication policy and procedures are in accordance with both the EYFS Statutory Framework and the OFSTED publication; 'Giving Medication to Children in Registered Childcare.' Little Tinkers Nursery School staff have a duty of care to promote the good health of the children which attend the setting, therefore any medication administered must be done so with care and caution.

As stated in the EYFS (pg.25): "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."

Where possible, we ask that parents/guardians be the ones to administer any prescribed medication as well as considering whether their child is well enough to attend the nursery if unwell. Little Tinkers Nursery School reserves the right to decide whether the child is well enough to attend the nursery.

Medication will be administered within the nursery if staff believe it to be detrimental to a child's health if not provided at the setting.

LONG TERM MEDICATION:
Any medication needing to be administered long term must be prescribed and/or recommended by a doctor. Details of why and when the medication is needed must be given in writing by parents/guardians e.g. an inhaler for Asthma. If necessary, a care plan may need to be written which all staff (confidentiality permitting) would be made aware of.

In addition to this, a consent form must be completed by the parents/guardians. This should include details of the medicine dosage, time the medicine is to be administered and the reason for requirement. The parents/guardians will be asked to regularly sign and date the consent form to ensure the medication is still needed.

ALL MEDICINES MUST BE CLEARLY LABELLED WITH THE CHILD'S NAME, REQUIRED DOSAGE AND IN ITS ORIGINAL PACKAGING.

It is the responsibility of the nursery staff to check the expiry date of the medication. The medication will not be administered if its expiry date has lapsed. Long term medicines will have their expiry dates logged in the medicine book so staff can inform parents of needing a replacement. All long term medications are returned to parents/guardians to be disposed of.

Once the medication has been administered, the back of the consent form will be filled in, detailing the dosage and time it was administered. This is to be signed by the member of staff who administered the medicine and the member of staff who witnessed it. The parent/guardian is to sign the consent from upon collection of their child.

Prescribed medication is stored per the instructions on the packaging on a day by day basis. It will be returned to parents/guardians at the end of each day.

SHORT TERM MEDICATION:
The procedure for short term medication is in line with the long term medication procedure, except no care plan is required.

As above, all medicines must be clearly labelled with the child's name, required dosage and in its original packaging.

Prescribed medication is stored per the instructions on the packaging on a day by day basis. It will be returned to parents/guardians at the end of each day.

EPI-PEN:
If a child is known to have a severe allergy which requires them to have an epi-pen, the nursery will store the epi-pen securely in the medicine box ensuring it is easily accessible by a member of staff in case of an emergency. Following the procedures above; a consent form is to be filled out by parents/guardians. The epi-pen box is to be labelled clearly with its expiry date and with the child's name.

STAFF TRAINING:
Where possible, Little Tinkers Nursery School will seek to provide the relevant medical and first aid training for staff e.g. Epi-Pen training. This is to ensure that staff feel confident administering long term medicine competently.

For children being prescribed an asthma pump/inhaler we would expect parents/guardians to demonstrate and explain to staff how to use it correctly. Please refer to the Little Tinkers Asthma Policy for more guidance.

EMERGENCY PARACEPTAMOL/IBUPROFEN:
As part of Little Tinkers registration process, we ask parents/guardians to sign an emergency administration of unprescribed paracetamol or ibuprofen. This will only be administered in an emergency e.g. to bring down a high temperature.

Paraceptamol/ibuprofen will only be administered with verbal consent from a parent/guardian and when a parent/guardian or emergency contact is on route to collect the child.

TEETHING GEL/GRANULES:
Parents/guardians must inform a member of staff at drop off time if their child requires teething gel or granules and where possible make a note in the child's contact book.

Medication should be administered by the nursery manager, deputy manager or room leader when possible. This person should be first aid trained. In all circumstances of medication being administered, another member of staff must witness it and both members of staff must sign the medication form.



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