I just got off the phone with a nearby Children's Courtyard to find a place for DS a few days a week this summer. He's in elementary school and so would go to their summer camp--their "extreme vacation escape."
The first thing I asked was about how they keep children with peanut allergy safe. The reply was that they don't allow any peanut products on site, nor is food which contains peanuts served.
I actually started crying--audibly--on the phone.
We had wanted to use Children's Courtyard when we lived in Dallas when DS was younger but couldn't because they served PB&J at lunch monthly and had a PB snack every Wednesday. He had to go to his P-free day care that we weren't happy with on the whole. I loved everything I saw about Children's Courtyard then and was upset that it would never be an option for DS.
But I am thrilled about this. They have child care facilities (newborn on up) and after school and summer camp for older kids (even a Jr. Counselor program for 11-13 year olds). Wow.
If we ever have another baby, I have a peanut free place to put him/her. And this is within walking distance from DH's office, so that's doubly good.
I'm sure DS will still take his lunch and snacks, even though they serve those. And I see that one field trip is to a Marble Slab Creamery, so DH will pick up DS during that time, but from what I can tell so far, they seem able to handle an anaphylactic reaction--and the field trips overall would be safe. Their buses all have seat belts.
I just had to share the good news for folks in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston areas.
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