Medicine and Health Policy

I am happy to give your child non-prescribed medication, such as cough mixture, Calpol or nurofen, teething gel etc, but only if you have signed a parental permission form for me to do so.

This permission form 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.

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, out of children's reach and I will check that it is still within its expiry date,

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. If your child has acute allergies and carries/needs an epipen, please discuss the matter with me. I may need additional training to administer these forms of medication.

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. 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.

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.

I will record all medication administered in my book and request a parental signature at the end of each day.

If you have any concerns regarding medication please do not hesitate to discuss them with me.

When the child starts at the setting I will ask for any information regarding pre-existing medical conditions and I may need extra training on how to deal with them. I ask you to keep me updated regularly about any changes to the child's health.

I will also need to know about any dietary requirement and allergies children may have, so I can ensure the children are not exposed to anything that may cause them harm.

If two or more children in the setting are affected with food poisoning Ofsted will be informed within fourteen days.