Daycare issues


I am new to the site, as we just found out my nearly 3 year old has a peanut allergy. I have been doing tons of reading and have found these boards and this site very informative. Thanks for all the info!

My daughter goes to daycare, as I work nearly full time, and I have been trying to deal with her daycare in terms of making it a safe environment for her. The school is not peanut free and has informed me that they will not go that direction, not even in her classroom, as they don't want to annoy other parents and tell them what they can't do. Given that, I've asked for several accomodations to be made to keep her as far away from peanut butter sandwiches as possible. Not sure how it will work out as I just met with the school last Friday.

My main issue is this: they are saying they cannot leave the epipen in her classroom because of state law (CT). The doctor said it absolutely should be there, as opposed to being locked in a box in the school office down the hall. I've read in other messages that it is being either kept in the classroom or on the child themselves in some cases in other schools. Does anyone have any experience with daycares (as opposed to public schools?)

Also, I'm looking for a good, brief fact sheet about peanut allergy to send to parents and to give to staff. any suggestions?

Thanks from a very overwhelmed mom!

On Jan 29, 2001

Hi and welcome! My daughter is also 3, and we have her in daycare 2 mornings a week. The Daycare/nursery School was not peanut-free, so they were very hesitant to take Cayley on as a 'student'.

At our initial interview, the feeling we got was "Sorry, but your daughter's safety may be endangered - it's too big a risk". After I calmly explained about avoidance and the EpiPen for 15 minutes, the whole tone of the interview changed. Once they realized they only had to make minor changes in their food policy and they already had staff knowledgeable about the EpiPen (due to a student with a bee sting allergy), they were more receptive.

This daycare supplies all the food, except breakfast, which parents send in. They sent a note home asking parents to check ingredients on the cereal, but Cayley never arrives 'til after breakfast, and they thoroughly clean the breakfast room before she arrives. The other change was no PB sandwiches on the lunch menu, and the cook has been fabulous about checking labels - she's even saved unopened food she wasn't sure about (hydrolyzed plant protein) to show my husband or myself before using it.

I predicted Cayley wouldn