This video summarizes the importance of having proper policies and protocols on medication administration and answers common questions on labeling, storage, and procedures for emergency medications.
It is important to address ways to reduce risk for accidents, injuries, and maltreatment in group environments. Watch this video series to learn strategies to keep children safe in early education settings.
The administration of medicines at the facility should be limited to prescription or non-prescription medication (over-the-counter) ordered by the prescribing health professional for a specific child with written permission of the parent/guardian.
Head Start programs must meet the Head Start Program Performance Standards on medication administration. View this webinar to learn how to develop a system. Programs will always have children who need medicine administration, so it is critical to have a process in place.
Any caregiver/teacher who administers medication should complete a standardized training course that includes skill and competency assessment in medication administration. The course should be repeated according to state and/or local regulation and taught by a trained professional. Skill and competency should be monitored whenever an administration error occurs.