Food Allergy Policy

Food Allergy Policy JJS JJs Chatterbox Day Nursery

 

JJs Chatterbox Day Nursery(JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY) is a peanut-free and tree-nut free facility. Several children who attend JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY suffer from allergies. These allergies include food allergies, asthma, and other types of allergies. Allergic reactions may range from mild skin irritations to severe reactions during which the child may experience anaphylactic shock and even death.

Purpose
The JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY Policy is intended to:

·  support children attending JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY who have allergies;

·  minimize the risk of allergic reaction by these children so that they may attend JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY;

·  ensure that all information provided by parents of allergic children is provided to teachers;

·  foster cooperation between parents and JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY in determining how best to deal with allergic children; and

·  educate all children attending JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY, and their families, about the allergies that are present in the school, the severity of reactions suffered by children attending JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY, and the ways that risk of reactions may be minimized.

Parent Responsibilities
All parents of children attending JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY are responsible for:

·  ensuring that their children do not bring any peanuts or other nuts to JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY

·  ensuring that their children are properly cleaned up (i.e. hands, face, clothing) before coming to school so that allergic triggers are not brought into school as accidental contamination

·  being supportive of those children with allergies

·  listing specific ingredients for any homemade snacks that are brought into a classroom where allergies are present or reading labels of store bought snacks to ensure that nuts are not listed as an ingredient or a possible cross contaminant

All parents of allergic children attending JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY are responsible for:

·  identifying, in writing, all of their child’s allergies to JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY

·  providing written medical documentation, instructions, and medications as directed by a physician, using the Food Allergy Action Plan as a guide- including a photo of the child on the written form.

·  providing all necessary medications, in the original containers, related to their child’s allergies

·  supporting and educating JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY staff about their child’s allergies

·  providing a non-perishable alternate snack to be kept on-site in the appropriate classroom for their child for unexpected times

·  ensuring that all emergency contact phone numbers are current at all times

It is the responsibility of JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY to:

·  designate Nursery Staff personnel who are properly trained to administer medications ( if required )

·  review Food Allergy Action Plans on an annual basis

·  request that all parents be supportive of children with allergies

·  send a letter to every family in September of each new year, informing them of the allergies present in their classes, along with any other relevant information to help the parents understand the severity of the allergy

·  ensure that the teachers-including any substitute teachers- are given all information which has been provided by the parents regarding the allergies of students in their classes

·  ensure that the teachers are trained in first aid, CPR, recognition of a severe allergic reaction, and use of prescription medication (i.e. the Epi-pen)

·  follow JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY Emergency Plan for dealing with children who have life threatening allergies (see attached)

Manager’s Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of the Manager to:

·  compile and store all relevant health and allergy information in a readily accessible location, including general allergy information, the Emergency Plan, and current contact phone numbers

·  post children’s names and their allergies in the office and in the classrooms

·  store prescription medication, in clearly labeled containers, in the office

·  take all allergy information and prescription medication on field trips

·  administer any necessary prescription medication in the event of an allergic reaction and have assistant or teacher call 911 if an Epi-pen has been administered

Staff’s Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of the Staff to:

·  be familiar with Action Plans applicable to any children in the classroom

·  discourage the sharing of food, cups, utensils, etc.

·  discuss allergies with the children in an age appropriate way when necessary

·  eliminate certain types of food and other items from their classes when necessary, whether used in snacks, crafts, or other activities

·  ensure that classroom snacks are safe for children with allergies- checking ingredients or checking with parents of allergic child if in doubt

·  ensure that children wash their hands before eating

·  ensure that children have brought in nut-free lunches

Emergency Plan
If a reaction to a food allergy is suspected, child should immediately be taken to the JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY Manager’s office.

Manager is responsible for administering any necessary medication according to the directions in the applicable Action Plan.

Parent must be called if medication of any type is administered.

911 must be called- by office assistant or teacher- if an Epi-pen is administered. Child will be accompanied by a familiar adult from JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY if transported before parent arrives; taking the Emergency Authorization and Release Form (Green Sheet) with child.

Fill out dosage, date and time information on the OCCS Authorization for Medication Form to keep in JJS CHATTERBOX DAY NURSERY records.

Note: The Allergy Asthma Information Association suggest that when in doubt as to whether there is an allergic reaction, do not delay in administering medication. If a child requires an Epi-pen, the Manager or teacher should give the Epi-pen immediately because there are no contraindications in doing so.

 

21st December 2015