Unit 12 Understand the Purposes and Principles of Early Years Frameworks.

Question 6
6.2 Explain the regulations concerning management of medicines and how these are interpreted in the work setting
For children suffering medical conditions, medicine may have to be administered at the setting. Medicine can be potentially very dangerous if administered or stored incorrectly so policies must be put into place to ensure the correct dosage is given and that medicines are stored safely away, out of the reach of children. Procedures must comply with your Home Nations regulations. In England, the EYFS requires that settings;
  * Have a policy regarding the administration of medicine
  * Keep written records stating what and when medicine should be given
  * Ensure there is written permission from parents for each and every medicine before it can be given
Most settings will also;
  * Find out why the medicine has been prescribed and when and what circumstances it should be given
  * Ensure medicine is in date before given to children
  * Ensure medicines are stored according to the instructions on the label. Medicine must be kept out of children’s reach. For children suffering with conditions such as asthma, thought has to be given on ways to keep medicine accessible but safe from other children.

6.3 Explain how to protect themselves when lifting and handling children and equipment in the work place

It is important to look after ourselves as well as children so we must be careful in how we lift and handle children and equipment. Practitioners must follow the settings policies and procedures regarding lifting and employers should carry out risk assessments regarding the handling and lifting of children and equipment. Practitioners should also assess the situation from a personal point of view before attempting to lift or move children and equipment. Movements in which you lift, twist, bend or get into an awkward position may put stress on your back so practitioners should avoid this. Handling heavy or hard to grasp equipment...