Medication Administration Training (MAT)

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 child 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.


At Child Care Council of Suffolk, our Health Care Consultants are available in our Education department as a resource for you and/or your program. As Registered Nurses, they are able to answer any questions you may have regarding health issues related to child care.


Our services include:

  • Resource & guidance for child care programs in Suffolk County that are approved to administer medications
  • Guidance on becoming a Medication Administration Training (MAT) certified provider
  • Signing on as your child care program’s Health Care Consultant of Record if you are administering medications and/or you have infants & toddlers in your program
  • Helping you complete your program’s Health Care Plan in accordance with current OCFS child care regulations
  • Technical Assistance related to child health & safety
  • Workshops & trainings including MAT, Emergency Medication Administration & other health related topics


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 
       Registered family child care provider 
       Child care center 
       Legally Exempt child care provider who receives state subsidized child care payments

What is Medication Administration Training (MAT)?

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 can you 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 fee for the MAT class is $150 for members of the Council and $200 for non-members. Payment is due upon registration.

What is a 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 or call 800-295-9616 for a rebate application.

How can my program become MAT-Approved?
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.

Click HERE for Documentation Guidelines on Medication Consent Form
Click HERE for Documentation Guidelines for Writing Individual Health Care Plan
Click HERE for Procedure to Administer Emergency Medication