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.