In case a child has an allergic reaction
1. The emergency services will be called.
2. The epi pen provided by the parent will be administered.
We live in a world that is contaminated with potential allergens and anaphylactic children must learn to avoid specific triggers. While the key responsibility lies with the anaphylactic individual and his or her family, in the case of a young anaphylactic child, the childcare community must also be aware. Creating an environment that reduces the risk to severely allergic or anaphylactic children requires the co-operation and understanding of all members of the Nursery, including staff, children and parents. Bubbles and Giggles Nursery recognizes the potentially serious consequences of children with allergies. These allergies may include a condition known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction brought about by exposure to certain foods or other substances.
The following are considered priority food allergens to trigger an anaphylactic reaction.
Peanut and peanut by-products,such as peanut oil and peanut butter, tree nuts, sesame seeds, milk, eggs, seafood (fish,crustaceans and shellfish), wheat, soy, and sulphites (a food additive)”
Tree nuts are defined as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts (filberts), Brazil nuts, pecans, cashews, pistachio nuts, pine nuts (pignolias) and macadamia nuts.
The Nursery does not purport to be, nor can it be deemed to be free of food items and non-food items that may lead to a severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction. The Nursery will make every reasonable effort to reduce the risk to children with severe allergies or anaphylaxis in accordance with this policy.
We request parents to ensure that NO PEANUT OR TREE NUT PRODUCTS BE SENT TO THE NURSERY AT ANYTIME. As with other policies of The Nursery, staff, parents and children are expected to comply
- It is the responsibility of parents to inform the Nursery of any allergy related problems that their children suffer from during the time of admission. This has to be recorded by the parent on the admission form.
- The Parent must complete the Consent for Emergency Administration of an EpiPen by Nursery form annually.
- On the Child's admission to the Preschool, the relevant Teacher will discuss the Child's allergies with the Parent. The Teacher will receive a demonstration of EpiPen administration by the Parent.