Medicines and Infectious illness

Ensuring the safety and the well-being of the children in our care is paramount. It requires not only vigilance but also an awareness of children's individual needs.


The Statutory Framework for the EYFS includes guidance on medicines for childcare providers this states that providers:

  • must have and implement a policy, and procedures, for administering medicines.
  • must have discussed with parents and/or carers the procedures for responding to children who are ill or infectious,
  • must take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection, and take appropriate action if children are ill
  • must not administer prescription medication unless they have been prescribed for a child by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist (medicines containing aspirin should only be given if prescribed by a doctor)
  • must not administer any medicine (both prescription and non-prescription) to a child unless written permission for that particular medicine has been obtained from the child’s parent and/or carer.

Please see the examples and guidance below to help you develop and embed processes to meet these requirements.

Infectious Diseases

Public Health England have produced a practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings: Health Protection in Schools and Other Childcare Facilities.

If a provider is notified of a case of infectious disease in a pupil or staff member, please report it to your local Health Protection Team (HPT) as soon as possible as not all infections require exclusion. Your local team can also give you additional advice and support as needed.

Guidance on the use of emergency inhalers in schools

The NHS guidance to managing Asthma in the setting provides useful information to support in the management of children's medical requirements. The guidance is downloadable from the section below and covers the following:

  • how to recognise an asthma
  • what to do in the event of an asthma attack
  • arrangements for the supply, storage, care and disposal of the inhaler

More information on managing Asthma in the early years and schools


Guidance for infection control in schools and childcare settings



Infection control in schools

Guidance document


Use of emergency inhalers in schools

Guidance 2014


Medicines in school policy



Early years medication consent form



Record of medicine administered


Last update: Friday 29th of May 2020 10:11:06 AM