Daycare Teacher eating peanuts in the classroom

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2008 - 3:00am
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I will try to make this short.

Yesterday I picked up my son from his "Peanut Free" daycare, the teacher asked me if he was aloud to eat Goldfish. I take his food and snakcs everyday but a goldfish had fallen on the floor and he ate it. I told her that I thought they were a safe snack but had not started to let him have them yet. Since we were on the conversation of snacks, I looked over to the snack cuby to see what other snack were in there. I saw pretzels, vanilla waffers, and Honey Nut cheerios. Then there was a small bag of what looked like snack mix. I asked the teacher what they were and she explained that they were her nuts (peanuts included). I quickly reminded her that the school was nut free and she looked at me like I was crazy. I composed myself as much as I could and went to the Directors office (who wasn't there) and spoke with the assiant director. She was very appoligetic and said she would take corrective action. My husband and I decided corrective action is not enough and that we should have a meeting to go over our expectations of the school and see what staff rules need to be evaluated. Or we may be looking for new childcare. I know this is short notice but we have a meeting at 4pm central time today, any advice on what I should cover witht them?

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2008 - 3:09am
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Hi. If you could, find another daycare. It means that they are really not educated on the severity of this. I took my son two days a week to a daycare which was peanut free for two years. They were fabulous and we never had an accident. There are great ones out there. I would look around and start interviewing. Find an allergy group in your area..it really helped me find the fabulous place where we placed our son. Good luck!

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2008 - 5:42am
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What about those Honey Nut Cheerios... Were the kids eating those or were they the teachers too. If your son stays at that school they do need more education on precautions.

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2008 - 9:54am
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We had a meeting today to go over expectations. I went over how serious his allergy is and what i expected. The only problem is they want make the school completely peanut free. They do not serve anything with peanuts but if a child brings something in a different classroom they are ok with that. So they basically are making a peanut free classroom, which they claimed to be a peanut free school. We are looking for a new school. I have found two peanut free school so far, one DS is on the waiting list and will maybe get in Aug 09' and the other one is not a school I want DS to attend. I will keep looking. I really wish I could find a support group in my area that has experience with different childcare facilities.
They were feeding the kids Honey Nut Cheerios. DS only eats food I send with him.

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2008 - 10:19am
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Hi There.. I have learned that even though places say they are peanut free 90% of time they really aren't completely, so you need to find what your are comfortable with and stick to it. I agree that the teacher shouldnever have had a bag of nuts in the class room.. that would have made me mad....

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