The Department of Education recently clarified the guidance regarding administering medication in Early Years settings as follows:
Both prescription and non-prescription medicines can only be administered where written permission has been obtained from the child’s parent or carer.
Written permission should include:
Time of last dose if given by parent/carer before attending the childcare setting
When the next dose is due
Frequency of further doses
Care settings should be familiar with the guidance label on the medication and may advise parents who may not be adhering to this, for example to visit their GP if the symptoms are persisting past the duration on the label.
All medicines are required to be supplied by the parent/carer and are to be clearly labelled.