The Splash Centre seeks to ensure the proper care and attention is given to all children through specific guidelines regarding the use of medications. To ensure the interest of parents, children and the staff are not compromised, all medication should be:
- In its original container clearly marked with the child’s name and details of dosage noted on the container with the explicit permission of the parents or in the case of an emergency with the permission of a medical practitioner.
- A child requiring medication while attending the Splash Centre will be given the medication only after a parent/guardian has completed the following medication register form. Medication will not be administered without the written consent of the child’s parent or guardian.
- Prescription medication will be administered only to the child for whom it is prescribed, from the original container bearing the child’s name and with a current use by date. Non-prescription medication will not be administered at the service unless authorised by a doctor.
- No authorisation is required in the event of an asthmatic or anaphylaxis emergency however in doing so as soon as possible after that time the parent is notified and/or emergency services.
- Medication and permission for a child to self-medicate will be administered with the parent’s/ guardians written permission only, or with the verbal approval of a medical practitioner or parent in the case of an emergency.
- All medication must be given directly to the certified supervisor Splash staff member. Medication will be stored in the Splash fridge or locked cupboard, which are inaccessible to children.
Long Term Conditions
It is a requirement of the Splash Centre to meet its regulatory obligations by preparing a risk minimisation plan and a communication plan to be developed in consultation with parents. The Splash Centre Manager will meet with the Parents/Carers at an enrolment interview prior to the child’s attendance to determine content of that plan to assist in a smooth and safe transition of the child into the service.
Where medication for treatment of long term conditions such as anaphylaxis , asthma, epilepsy, or ADHD is required, the service will require an individual medical management plan from the child’s medical practitioner or specialist detailing the medical condition of the child, correct dosage of any medication as prescribed and how the condition is to be managed in the service environment.
A Medical Management Plan should include:
- information on the student’s medical condition
- symptoms and consequences of the condition
- indicators of the need for medical intervention
- contact people and phone numbers (such as medical practitioner and parents)
- emergency procedures
- specific information about medication including administration and storage, timing, dosage and possible side effects
- Identification of any risks to the child or others by their attendance at the service.
- Identification of any practices or procedures that need adjustment at the service to minimize risk e.g. food service,
- Methods for communicating between parents and educators any changes to the child’s medical management plan
These plans will have a photo ID of the child and be placed at the front of the Health Folder, on noticeboards on the storeroom door and in the kitchen area (out of sight of general visitors and children).