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.
On Jun 2, 2005
Thank you...this is very good to know [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
On Jun 4, 2005
I have a Children's Courtyard right down the street from me (in Austin). I'd called them a year or so ago to inquire as to after-school care in case my kindergartener needed it. They informed me of their peanut-free policy as did their competitor on the opposite corner of the street, Country Home. I was ecstatic to hear it! I thank all of those parents who have lobbied for nut-free environments for their kids before my son was even born. I like to think that the work we're doing now will help future children, too.
On Jun 4, 2005
We went to visit yesterday, and DS loved it and said he wanted me to start work right away so he can go there. :-)
They gave me their menus, and while I'll let DS drink the beverages and eat the fruit, I'll still pack a lunch and snack for him.
I saw pictures from some contest where they used M&Ms, and I mentioned that the regular ones weren't safe. But honestly, I don't worry so much about may contains being eaten around DS as long as the blatant peanut products aren't. He knows not to eat may contains, and I'll work with them to provide a safe alternative for him.
One field trip is to an Astros (baseball) game and one to Marble Slab, which DS would bow out of if it weren't for the fact that he's going to be at science camp elsewhere that week.
So overall, I'm thrilled. I've always thought the level of child care at Children's Courtyard was higher than the peanut free day care we used in Dallas, and it's exciting that it's now safe for DS.