Medication in School

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Medication in School

At Moat Farm Infant and Nursery School if it is necessary to give medication during the school day for your child’s well-being we will be happy to assist. Where possible, medicines should be taken outside of school hours.

It is important that as a parent you provide the school with information about your child’s medical condition and treatment or special care needed at school. When your child joins school you will be asked to complete an SS12 form and this is then completed on an annual basis.


Children with Individual Health Care Plans

For children who have serious medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, severe allergies or severe asthma, or who need regular prescribed medication, for example Ritalin, an Individual Health Care Plan will be drawn up. This should be done in collaboration with the child (if appropriate), the parents, school nurse/community nurse/ paediatrician, and the school staff. These should be reviewed annually or if there are changes to your child’s medical needs.

At the end of each academic year Individual Health Care Plans will be sent to school by the school nurse / community children’s nurse to be reviewed by the parent.  It is the parent’s responsibility to complete the Individual Health Care Plan with the School Nurse/Community Children Nurses and to ensure these are returned to them if changes are needed. 

If an Individual Health Care Plan has not been completed, the school will contact the parents and may convene an Early Help Assessment meeting or consider safeguarding children procedures if necessary.

Parents are responsible for informing school/school nurse / community children’s nurse of any changes so that the Individual Health Care Plan can be updated.  This would include if there have been changes to your child’s symptoms or medication and treatment changes. 

 Parents can direct any additional information, letters or health guidance to Miss Natalie Skidmore to ensure that the necessary records are altered quickly and the necessary information is disseminated. Please send to: –

Prescribed and Non-Prescribed Medication in School

The school will not give your child medication unless you complete and sign a form, and the Head Teacher has agreed that school staff can administer the medication. If your child needs to have medication during the school day please fill in a medication form from the school office or they can be found on the school website and send to

Please note that non-prescribed medication should be limited to a 24 hour period and not exceed 48 hours. If symptoms persist seek medical advice.

 When prescription medicine is brought into school it should be clearly labelled with: –

· Your child’s name.

· The name and strength of the medication.

· The dosage and when the medication should be given.

· The expiry date.

· Any special storage arrangements.

· The date the medication has been issued by a chemist.

 All prescription medication must come into school in the original, labelled, child proof container from the chemist. Where a child requires two types of medication each should be in a separate container and a form should be filled in for each separate medication. On arrival at school all medication should be handed to the school office.


Non-prescribed medication 

When non-prescribed medicine is brought into school it should be in date and should be clearly labelled with: –

· Your child’s name.

· The dosage and when the medication should be given.

 The manufacturer dose should match the dosage advised by parents and the information leaflet must be with the medicine.


Other School procedures

· Parents will need to sign the school’s medication form each day to say they have been told about medicine being administered. If medicine is handed back to parents you will also need to sign the medication form to say you have received it. If medicine has finished whilst in school the medicine must be returned to parents for disposal.

· Parents will need to update school in writing of any changes to your child’s condition or medication. Changes need to be from a medical professional or GP. Verbal messages will not be accepted.

· Parents must replace supplies of medication as required, if it runs out or is out of date.

· Parents must dispose of their child’s unused medication by returning it to the issuing pharmacy.

· Medication should not be put in children’s water bottles as this could be accidently consumed by another child. If medication is needed in water, this should be in a separate bottle and handed to the class teacher to store safely.

If you have any queries or questions about medicines in school please ask to speak to Miss Natalie Skidmore or email who will be happy to help.

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Epipen, Inhaler & Creams Document

Prescribed and Non-Prescribed Medication