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Amanah Day Nursery

Policy Statement
We would ask parents/carers to request their Doctor to prescribe medication, wherever possible, which can be given outside the settings day. However, we recognise that there are times when it may be necessary for a child to take medication whilst attending the setting. We are prepared to take responsibility for these occasions; however, we will only administer prescribed medication. We ask that if your child has been prescribed antibiotics/penicillin that the first 24 hours of taking the medication course will be at home. This is to make sure that there are no allergic reactions with the medication.

Children with Medical Needs
Should we be asked to admit a child to the setting with special medical needs we will, in partnership with parents/carers, the child’s health Visitor and medical providers to discuss the child’s individual needs. Where appropriate an individual management plan will be developed in partnership with parents/carers and appropriate health care professionals. If any additional training is required then staff will be trained.

On Admission to our Setting
All parents/carers will be asked to complete an admissions form as part of registration giving full details of their child’s medical conditions, regular medication, emergency medication, emergency contact numbers, name of family Doctor, details of hospital consultants, allergies and special dietary requirements.

Administration of medication in the setting

No medication will be given without prior written consent from parents/carers.

It is the responsibility of parents and carers to provide a sufficient amount of medication and to ensure that it is in date. Should a child need to receive medication whilst at nursery, parents/carers will be asked to come in personally hand over the medication to the nursery staff. The medication should be in the original container as prescribed by the Doctor and as dispended by the pharmacist, clearly labelled with;

• Child’s name

• Name Of Medication

• Strength of Medicine

• How much to be given(dosage)

• When to be given (frequency)

• Date dispensed and/or expiry date

• Length of treatment or stop date where appropriate

Details of medication to be given and consent form filled in. This must be completed by parents/carers. A separate form will be required for each medication.

Parents will need to sign to say that they have seen the form that has been filled in for the medication. If medication needs to be replenished this should be done in person by the parent/carers, who would ensure medication is in date.

Parents/carers must notify us in writing should the medication:

• Be discontinued before the completion date of the course.

• Need to be changed

• Dosage changed- in this instance it is essential that a new dose is provided as soon as possible and that a new Details of medication form to be given and consent form is complete.

Reasons for any non-administration of regular medication will be recorded and parents/carers informed on the day.

Emergency Medication
Parents/carers must provide any emergency medications e.g Epipen, Jext adrenaline auto- injectors, reliever (blue) inhaler with spacer. The pharmacy label must be attached to medication.

It is parents/carers responsibility to ensure emergency medication is in date and that there is sufficient amount in the nursery.

Emergency medication will be kept in the setting and always accessible to staff, but out of the sight and the reach of children. Emergency medication will accompany the child on any off- site visits and will be kept by the member of staff who will give it, should it be required.

Staff who agree to administer emergency medication will have appropriate training from an appropriate health care professional.

In the event of a child refusing to take emergency medication we will follow our emergency procedure and call an ambulance and parent/carers as soon as possible.

Refusing Medication
If a child refuses medication, staff will not force them to do so, unless in not doing so affects the child’s health if prolonged. The refusal will be noted and parent/carers will be informed as soon as possible on the same day.

We will not restrain a child to administer medication unless it is an emergency e.g Epipen/Jet adrenaline auto- injector.

Storage and Disposal of Medication
All medication with the exception of emergency medication and those requiring refrigeration will be kept in a box out of reach of children and in accordance to the pharmacy instructions.

Medication requiring refrigeration will be stored in the fridge clearly labelled ‘MEDICATION’. It will be stored separately from food and will not be accessible to children.

Storage of emergency medication will be risk assessed and medication will be accessible to staff at all times but kept out of the sight and reach of children.

A regular check will be made of the medication every 10-12 weeks. Parents/carers will be asked to collect any medication which is no longer needed, is out of date or to be disposed after 6 months from first use.

Staff Medication
Staff must store any medication they are taking in their locker or in the staff fridge. The medication must be clearly labelled and staff must inform the Nursery manager if the medication may cause them any side effects which could impact on their ability to fulfil their role and care for the wellbeing of the children.

This policy was written in March 2013.This Policy will be reviewed; any changes will be evaluated and documented in the SEF.

Policy renewed and updated 09/12/14 by Sallyanne Taylor/Nursery manager

Policy reviewed 22/05/15 Review June 2016

Reviewed July 2016 Shehla Shah next review July 2017

Updated August 2019