The New York State Division of Child Care Services states that most children in the United States younger than age 6 spend significant time in child care settings outside the home. Keeping children safe and healthy is the goal of the parent and the child's caretaker. Despite the best care practices, it is inevitable that children will get sick. Parents and providers must work together to prepare for illnesses ahead of time. Are you, as a provider of day care, authorized to administer medications, if needed? Does your health care plan meet the needs of the children in your care? The answers to these questions are important.
You must be in compliance with the Health and Infection Control regulations if you choose to give medication to children in your care, and you are:
- A Licensed Family Child Care Provider
- A Registered Family Child Care Provider
- A Child Care Center
- A Legally Exempt child care provider who receives state subsidized child care payments
Here are some important points to know:
- All caregivers may apply over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen lotion and topical insect repellant with written permission from the parent or guardian.
- Caregivers who administer actual medications must be trained in Medication Administration Training (MAT). They must also be at least 18 years of age and have a current certification in CPR and First Aid.
- Providers that administer medications must hire a health care consultant who will review and approve the caretaker's health care plan and training certificates. The health care consultant must also visit the day care program to review the program’s health care plan at least once every two years.
- Caregivers are not permitted to administer medications through injection except for epi-pens. Arrangements for injectable medications may be approved in specific circumstances and under the guidance of the child's medical provider.
- MAT certified caregivers are permitted to administer prescription and over-the-counter medications when they have written instructions from the prescriber and permission from the parent.
- Caregivers must document all medications given to children in their programs, report any errors that might occur and properly store and handle all medications.
What is Medication Administration Training?
The MAT course is a skill-based training to help you administer medication safely in your program. The course includes 8 hours of training, a video training and hands-on demonstrations. The training provides:
- An overview of medication effects
- Ways to give both OTC and prescription medication
- The handling, storage and disposal of medication
- Permission and instruction requirement
- Preparation &administration techniques
- Asthma; emergency care, special situations and more
The MAT training certificate is valid for 3 years from date of course completion. After 3 years you can take an online renewal test to extend your certificate for another 3 year period.
How to register for a MAT class:
The Child Care Council of Suffolk offers the MAT class twice each month as 2-session trainings. We offer both daytime and evening classes. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. You can register by calling the Council and asking to speak with one of the Health Care Consultants. We can email, fax or mail a registration form and class schedule to you. The MAT trainings dates are also available on the Calendar. Payment is due when you sign up.
The fee for the MAT class is $150 for members of the Council and $200 for non-members.
MAT Rebate: The MAT Rebate Program has funding available to help you with the cost of the course. Currently if you apply for the rebate after you complete the course you can obtain a $100 reimbursement. Visit the Professional Development Program website at www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu or call 800-295-9616 for a rebate application.
How to become a MAT-Approved Program:
Completing the MAT course is only part of what you need to become an approved medication administrant in your program. Click here for a Checklist for Providers to see all the steps needed to become a MAT approved provider/program.