Administering medication

Guidance on the medication policy & essential record-keeping

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This help centre article was written for childminders preparing for registration with the Koru Kids' Home Nursery service

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Adhering to the medication policy

It is very important that you familiarise yourself with your medication policy and ensure you follow this when giving medicines to children in your care. Some key points:

  • You must have parental permission to administer any medication.

  • All medication, including your own, must be kept safely out of the reach of children.

  • All prescription medication administered to children must have their name on.

  • When a child starts on a new medication, they should not come to your setting for 24 hours afterwards in order to ensure that any adverse reactions occur whilst they are in their parents’ care.

Record keeping

  • If a parent asks you to administer a prescription medicine for a child they need to complete the medication form at the start of the day

  • Throughout the day, you should need to make a record of the medication that you administer on a medication form and the times etc.

  • Parents should be asked to sign this form at the end of each day you give the medicine.

  • One form must be used per medication.

  • You can use the same form for the same medication over a number of days whilst the child completes the course - until you run out of space, then start a new one.

  • Always start a new form for a new course of medicine - even if it's a medication the child has had before.


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