Administration of Medication in Child Care
The Administration of Medication in Child Care training is an in-person, two-part training for early educators that can be taken separately or all at once.
Participants learn about NC Child Care Rules and best practices addressing medication administration in child care. Topics included are receiving, documenting, storing, and disposing of types of medication and forms required to be completed prior to giving medication. Participants will learn how to recognize, respond to and report a medication error.
Participants learn the six rights of medication administration and proper procedures for oral, inhalation, topical, instillation, and simple injection administrations. Administration of common emergency medications such as epinephrine auto injectors and nebulizers is covered. An in-person review of each participant’s skills and competency is required for completion of the training.
The Administration of Medication in Child Care Train-the-Trainer Course prepares nurses and child care health consultants (CCHCs) to offer training for early educators to ensure the safe administration of medication to children in early care and education settings, specifically how to:
- identify, measure, store and dispose of medication
- practice administering medication
- design a system for ensuring correct medication administration
- develop a medication administration policy
- develop teams of early educators/directors, health care professionals, and parent/guardians to ensure the safe administration of medication to children in early care and education settings.
Who is eligible to be an Administration of Medication in Child Care trainer?
- A Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) who is a Registered Nurse (RN) pediatrician, or other licensed health care professional OR
- A CCHC with partner who is a RN, pediatrician, or other licensed health care professional with experience in child health.
- The RN partner must have taken or taught the course in the three years prior to their CCHC partner taking the course or the RN partner will be asked to re-take the course with the CCHC.
For trainers who have neither successfully taken or taught the course in three years, it is highly recommended they re-take the course.
Course Format, Cost and Schedule
The Administration of Medication in Child Care Train-the-Trainer course is offered several times a year at different locations in North Carolina. It is a face-to-face training and takes five hours to complete. The fee of $25 includes payment for materials and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Application and Additional Information
Submit the application as an email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct questions to:
Mary Cleary, Training Specialist
NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center