Pyrford Playgroup’s prime concern is always for the health, safety and welfare of the children.  If children are unwell, they should be kept at home and a period of recovery allowed.  


Prescribed Antibiotics


As the duration of playgroup sessions is only 3 hours, it should generally not be necessary for staff to administer short-term prescribed antibiotics and therefore, this policy makes no provision for this.  However, parents can arrange to come in to playgroup to administer prescribed antibiotics for a child who is well enough to attend playgroup, but who requires a regular dose which may fall within the morning session.


Long term conditions  


Parents/carers should always inform the playgroup of any allergies or health problems that the child may have so that we have sufficient information about long term medical needs and can give the required level of support. Parents will be shown around the setting so that they understand the routines and activities and point out anything that may be a risk factor for their child.


Parents/carers of children who have a long-term condition will be required to complete a medication consent form (see attached) and staff will administer any prescribed medication according to instructions.  


If the medication has to be administered during a session, we will record accurately on a form, each time treatment has been carried out according to instructions.  (Please see attached form).  Parents/carers will be expected to sign the form at the end of the session to acknowledge that the medication has been administered.


All medication will be stored safely and in accordance with storage instructions.  Katharine or Marion will be responsible for handing back the medication at the end of the session to the parent.  For some conditions, medications may be kept securely at the setting.  Katharine and Marion will be responsible for checking the medication is in date and return out of date medication back to the parent.


No child will self-administer medication and no medication should be left in children’s bags. Where the child is capable of understanding when they need medication, for example asthma, they should be encouraged to tell a member of staff what they need.  However, this does not replace staff vigilance in knowing and responding when a child requires medication.  If the administration of prescribed medication requires medical knowledge, training will be given to relevant staff by a health professional.


Date policy written:          Aug 2011  

Reviewed:                        Oct 2011  

Reviewed:                        Sept 2013  



Signed:  ________________________                        Signed:  _______________________

            Marion McMullan                                                             Katharine Wright