First aid, emergency treatment and medication

Prescribed Medication

All prescribed medicines must be in original packaging and display the child’s name on the doctors/chemists label.

Parents/carers must ensure that any medication their child may require whilst at nursery such as inhaler, epipen or steroid cream is given to a member of staff. Otherwise children will not be accepted into the nursery.

Parents/carers must fill in a consent form for a member of staff to administer any medication.

Children on antibiotics may attend once they have been taking them for 48 hours, if they are well enough.

A care plan will be drawn up as needed.

A review of the child’s individual needs and requirements will take place between the parent/carer and a member of the nursery team, as a minimum termly.

Non-Prescribed Medication

The only non-prescribed medication the nursery staff will administer is Calpol, following our procedure if it is necessary. We will keep a supply at nursery and store it in its original packaging and according to manufacturers’ recommendations. We will not administer Calpol to prevent a temperature. We will only use Calpol if a child develops a temperature in our care, which can not be brought down by other means, such as a cold drink etc, and if we have prior written consent signed by a parent/carer.

Exception

If your child is unable to take Calpol your doctor can prescribe a similar medicine that you will be able to leave at nursery and we will administer according to the circumstances and conditions above.

Storage

Medication such as antibiotics will be kept in the fridge in the kitchen area.

Medication such as steroid cream, inhaler and epipen will be kept in a locked cupboard. All staff, who are authorised to, have access and will know where to the key is stored.

Exceptions to this rule should be considered where appropriate e.g. it may be safer to store life saving medicine in a nominated, unlocked, location that is known to all staff in order to ensure that they can be accessed immediately needed to eliminate possible delays in getting the medicine to the child in need of it. In these cases the nominated place should ensure the safety of all others using the setting and be recorded as below:

Procedure

The member of staff accepting the medication will take the following steps:

  1. Ensure the parent/carer fills in and signs a permission to administer medication form
  2. Before the parent/carer leaves the premises the member of staff must read the form, check the medication is in date and has the child’s name on it, check the details on the chemist/doctors label match the instructions given by the parent/carer. Ask any question that may arise concerning the medication and child’s well being and when happy all in order sign and date the form to confirm so
  3. Store the medication appropriately
  4. Inform all members of staff, ensuring our confidentiality policy is maintained

The authorized member of staff administering the medication will take the following steps:

  1. Check the consent form has been filled in correctly and the expiry date for the medication has not elapsed
  2. Talk to the child about why they are on medication and how it will be given. (Use age appropriate language.)
  3. Ask another member of staff to witness the correct time, dosage and administering of the medication
  4. Return the medication to the correct storage place
  5. Fill in the consent form and have it counter signed by the witness
  6. Ensure that the manager & deputy are informed
  7. Ensure the parent/carer signs the consent form when they collect their child

First aid

As children are developing their physical skills it is possible that they may have minor accidents. In order to ensure that staff are able to deal with these appropriately we ensure that all of our staff hold a paediatric first aid certificate within their first year of employment. Staff will follow the recommendations of this training and record the accident according to our policy. If your child has a more serious accident we will call 999 and act on their advice.

Emergency medical treatment

If emergency treatment is thought necessary 999 will be called and parents/carers informed.

The emergency services and medical staff will take control of the situation, advise and act in the best interest of the child.

Consent

I give my full consent to Abacus Childcare Settings first aid, emergency treatment and medication policy and to their seeking any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment my child may need in the future.

Childs name ……………………………………………

Date of birth …………………....................................

Parent/carers name ……………………………….....

Signature ……………………………….....................

Date …….................................................................

Review

This policy will be reviewed annually by the manager and the nursery team.