When administering medicine to any child, ask

What type of Medicine is it?

Category i

A non-prescription preparation (such as arnica cream, antiseptic liquid, insect bite treatment spray etc) that is:

  • not ingested (not taken by mouth)
  • used for the ‘First Aid’ treatment of minor injuries; and
  • provided by the Centre and kept in the First Aid cabinet

Category ii

A prescription (such as antibiotics, eye,/ear drops etc) or non-prescription ingested (such as paracetamol liquid, cough syrup etc) medicine that is:

  • used for a specific period of time to treat a specific condition or symptom; and
  • provided by the parent/whānau for the use of that child only; or 
  • is Rongoa Māori (Māori plant medicines prepared by the adults at the Centre

Category iii

A prescription (such as asthma inhalers, epilepsy medication etc) or non prescription (such as antihistamine syrup, lanolin cream etc) medicine that is:

  • used for the ongoing treatment of a pre-diagnosed condition (such as asthma, epilepsy, allergic reaction, diabetes, eczema etc); and
  • provided by the parent/whānau for the use of that child only




Check parent/whānau has given permission for this use



Category ii – Medicine Agreement Form


Category iii – Medicine Agreement Form



Record on ‘Minor Injury, Illness and Incident Notice’ when used


Medicine Administration Register must be completed EVERY time medicine is given to a child

When completing forms:
1. Date – refers to the date the form is being completed by the parent.
2. Name of child – refers to the child receiving the medication.
3. Medicine – Refers to the name of the medicine, so it can be cross checked prior to administration.
4. Directions for administering the medicine – refers to how to administer the medication i.e. using a medicine cup, spacer or any other details that may be relevant.
5. Person authorised to administer medicine – The person the parent/whānau has requested provide this medication.
6. Period of administration – The period of time for which the medicine is to be administered. This should be a maximum of a three-month period for Category iii medications, with parents re-confirming Medicine Agreements at least every 3 months for these medications.
7. Training provided to person authorised (Date) – the date the parent/whānau provided training to the person authorised to administer the medication.
8. Parent Signature – to confirm all information is accurate and provide permission for the medicine to be administered.

Playcentre Aotearoa’s Health & Safety Policy
Playcentre Aotearoa’s Termly Health & Safety Checklist

Education (ECC) Regulations 1998
Education (ECC) Regulations 1998 Education (ECS) Regulations 2008
Licensing Criteria for Centre-based Education and Care Services 2008