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Early Years Foundation Stage

Providers must promote the good health of children attending their setting. They must have a procedure, discussed with parents and/or carers, for responding to children who are ill or infectious, take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection, and take appropriate action if children are ill. Public Health England has produced “Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Childcare Settings”.

Providers must have and implement a policy, and procedures, for administering medicines. It must include systems for obtaining information about a child’s needs for medicines, and for keeping this information up-to-date. Training must be provided for staff where the administration of medicine requires medical or technical knowledge. Medicines must not usually be administered unless they have been prescribed for a child by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist (medicines containing aspirin should only be given if prescribed by a doctor). 

Medicine (both prescription and non-prescription) 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. Providers must 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 reasonably practicable.

Early years settings can refer to statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) for schools, but also relevant for other education settings, which sets out a clear framework to help ensure that children requiring medicines receive appropriate support.

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Monday, 13 July, 2015
Last updated: 13 July 2015 by Barry Fong