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Pre-School and Medication

A school (actually a "pre-school") has told us they cannot administer OTC drugs to a child, only those prescribed by a GP, as this is an OFSTED requirement . They have told parents they will only administer immediate emergency treatment and call an ambulance. The practice have therefore been asked to prescribe everything. Is this correct?

OFSTED advice is as follows:

Medicine (7.8)
You may give children non-prescription medication such as cough preparations, or teething gel but only with the prior written agreement of the parent and only when there is a health reason to do so. For all non-prescription medicines, parents should give written consent that specific medication can be administered to their child when required. Written consent should be obtained from parents at the time you start looking after their child and checked at regular intervals so that you take account of any changes, for example where a child can no longer take a certain type of medication or may need an additional medication.

You need to be careful when giving medication to children.


  • finding out when, how much and why a child has had medicine before they come to you;
  • recording details of the last dose, for example when it was given and the amount;
  • contacting the parent by telephone before you give the child any medicine.
  • making sure any medicine has not passed its expiry date;
  • storing medicines of minded children and household members safely including cool storage

for antibiotics;

  • making sure you know about any self-held medication;
  • making sure that the use of sun creams, lotions and nappy creams meet the needs and
  • preferences of children and their parents;
  • making sure children’s individual emergency medication is available at all times.
Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2016, 1433 views

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