Re: Administration of medication
We would like to take this opportunity to confirm the process for the administration of medication to babies and children within Brunton Day Nursery. Staff are only able to administer medication that has been prescribed for your child by a doctor or pharmacist and that has a prescription label attached, which includes administration instructions and your child’s full name. The prescription label must be with the medication every time it is to be administered in the setting. Medical advice is that medication should be administered at regular intervals throughout the day, i.e. in a 24 hour period, staff will therefore use the following guidance when administering medication: –
When a child has medication to take four times daily we will administer it at 6 hourly intervals unless the prescription states ‘4 hourly intervals’ or ‘in the waking day’. For example if you complete the medication form stating and signing to say your child last had medication at 5am then we will be able to administer at 11am, however if prescription label states 4 hourly intervals we can give it at 9am.
When a child has medication to be taken three times daily, we can only administer at 8 hourly intervals unless the guidance states ‘6 hourly intervals’ or ‘in the waking day’. For example if you complete the medication form stating and signing to say your child last had medication at 5am then we can administer at 1pm, however if prescription label states 6 hourly intervals / in the waking day we can give it at 11am.
If your child is having medication twice daily this should be given at home at 12 hourly intervals.
If you want your child to be given medication more regularly then you must take responsibility for administering it.
These guidelines are in place to ensure we legally protect our staff teams who are administering the medication and we have a duty of care to the children in accordance with the legislative guidance we have to adhere to as an Early Years setting. If you have any further questions, please feel free to speak to a member of the management team.
Updated March 2018