Medication Policy and Administrative Procedure
We believe that children who are sick should be at home until they are well enough to return to the nursery. However, we recognise that sometimes children will need medication to help maintain their health and well-being or when they are recovering from an illness. In these circumstances, we will agree to administer medication.
This policy outlines the responsibilities of Rainbow nursery and parents/carers when administering prescribed medication to children.
Prescription medication must be prescribed by a medical practitioner e.g. doctor, and labelled with the child’s full name. It must also state:
- The date it was prescribed
- The name of the medication
- The dosage
- The correct medication spoon or syringe
- The expiry date
- The medication must be on the original packaging or bottle with original pharmacy label on it.
Non-prescription medication 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. The nursery will 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 reasonable practicable.
We also do not accept medication which is past its expiry date or not for the current medical condition.