Guidance for Early Years Providers and Schools

NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed a new policy which supports self-care for children and young people with minor or self-limiting conditions.

Nurseries, pre-schools, child-minders, schools, out-of-school and after-school clubs and holiday clubs are now advised that parental permission is sufficient for the administration of over-the-counter medicines to a child for minor conditions.

Examples of medicines that do not require a prescription, which parents can give
permission to administer include:

  • Paracetamol, ibuprofen or antihistamines - provided they are supplied in packaging with clear dosage instructions that are age appropriate for the child
  • Moisturising / soothing preparations for minor skin conditions
  • Sunscreen for routine protection while playing / learning outside

To help determine whether a child is well enough to attend school, or an Early Years Provider setting, parents are advised to check the NHS Choices website.

To view the policy, click here.

Date added: 01/05/2018

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