Do you enroll your PA/TNA child in preschool?

Posted on: Sun, 09/07/2003 - 10:09am
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Just wondering if you feel comfortable enrolling your PA/TNA child in preschool? If you don't - do other mom's ask you why you don't? If you do - are their safe preschools? (US or Canada) Do any of you feel like just homeschooling your child?

Posted on: Mon, 09/08/2003 - 12:25am
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My 2 year old has just started preschool and I feel ok about it. I think it's very important to balance PA with normalcy and I don't want my son to become "peanut boy". The classroom has been made a nut-free zone and they've eliminated peanut butter from the school's snacks and lunches although other classrooms can bring it from home. He only is in that room so I felt very safe with this. My biggest concern is another parent forgetting and packing something with nuts for their child's lunch. But they've posted big nut free signs on all the doors to the classroom that are impossible to miss and they've sent out 3 letters which state the guidelines to the no nut room and 3 sheets of info (which I provided) on PA. I feel they are doing everything they can to keep my son safe and I spent 2 hours with all the teachers in the school educating them on PA and how to administer epi-pen (watched video, did trainers, etc.)
It's a decision you have to make but I decided it was the right thing for our family and I'm prepared to take him out if I ever lose confidence in that decision.

Posted on: Mon, 09/08/2003 - 1:40am
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I tryed to,but the school she was going to attend was not a safe place.
If you would like you can look at the thread
This is it I am scared to dealth for Little V
in the school's thread.
Love this site
Synthia

Posted on: Mon, 09/08/2003 - 2:34am
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Leslief:
I am going to be training my son's preschool teachers this Friday, as well as every other teacher in the building. He goes to a private school run by my church.
Can I ask you to share your 3 info sheets? I have created my own and am wondering if I missed anything. Did you use articles off the web? If so, I'd appreciate the titles/links. I have a few but would love some input in this area. We do not have a school nurse, so I am doing all the training myself.
Thank you, Margo

Posted on: Mon, 09/08/2003 - 1:00pm
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Margo, I've also had to train my son's teachers and staff as there is no nurse at his school. I've done 2 teacher/staff trainings and tomorrow night, will address the PTO. (Yikes! :eek [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I've added what I plan to present to the "school inservice" thread if you feel like taking a look at what I've put together. (And feel free to critique it!)
Toomanynuts, I tried to enroll my son in a part time preschool and it was horrible! ("You mean to tell me that he can't even [b]sit[/b] next to a (squirming, touchy-feely 4 year old) child eating peanut butter?!!")
But then, the school where my other children attend really reached out to me and have done a great job of keeping him safe. He joined the Pre-K class mid-year and is now in kindergarten.
It all boils down to [b]people[/b], it seems.

Posted on: Wed, 09/10/2003 - 1:16pm
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My 4 year old son just started preschool at a private Christian school. I was wrong to assume that because of the setting and my numerous attempts at education (letters, meetings, etc) parents would be compassionate. The staff has been great, but mom and dads are another story. Outright hostility is how I would describe it. The room is nut free, and many parents have reacted as if their child is being denied college entrance, not PBJ a couple times a week for a couple hours!! It's really a wake-up call for my husband and me. People are cruel. Very cruel.

Posted on: Wed, 09/10/2003 - 2:23pm
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Jason went to a preschool run by the City of Walnut Creek Parks and Rec Division. I had an informal but very effective plan of action worked out with the teacher. Not an all out peanut ban, but rather strongly suggested that the other parents not send peanut or nut bearing snacks (parents bring snacks on a rotating basis). There were maybe 5 incidents in 32 weeks (3 days a week) where parents sent in peanut butter or a PB cereal. It also helped that there was a child on the GFCF diet for autism and a milk allergic child in his class, and another PA child in one of the 2 1/2 y/o classes. The entire time Jason was in that class, he never had an allergic reaction.
I love this teacher and preschool and would recommend her, and it, to anyone in the East Bay.
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Cheryl, mom to Jason (6 PA/TA/other FAs and EAs),Joey (4 NKA) and Allison (11/02 dairy sensitive)

Posted on: Wed, 09/10/2003 - 9:36pm
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Yes. My daughter is 3 1/2 and she started preschool two weeks ago. It has been nut free for several years and the teachers are trained on Epi Pens, have seen many allergic children, and are very informed. They have never had a reaction at the school. The epi pens are kept in each classroom. The school is excellent in many ways, not just this. They are extremely secure also, you have to be buzzed in. The academics are excellent and it's fun, with a phys ed teacher on staff and field trips. Parents and younger siblings are welcome on all field trips. I am very happy with them!!

Posted on: Fri, 09/12/2003 - 2:06pm
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Yes, we enrolled our PA daughter in pre-school. Frankly, it was a great trial run for 'real' school. We worked out a lot of our strategy for dealing with snacks, birthday treats etc. during those two years. We (DD, DH and I) were all better prepared for kindergarten as a result. And isn't that the point anyway?

Posted on: Tue, 09/16/2003 - 6:51am
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No, I would not recommend that anyone with a toddler with "life-threatening" food allergies send their child to preschool.
The majority of food allergic deaths each year in the U.S. involve young children in a school setting (per Foood Allergy Network). Peanut allergies are particularly dangerous because it can only take a microscopic amount to put a child in a "life-threatening" situation (in some cases airborne/casual contact) and small children (especially 5 and under) often forget not to share food...don't have the best hygiene (i.e., put their hands in their mouth, etc.). If an epi-pen isn't used in a timely manner, if death doesn't occur..brain damage is possible (per our pediatrician). Most of the analph. shock reactions I have read on this board involved very small children. Most of the frustrated parents who have posted are the parents of small children who send them to school. There are more peanut products on the market today than every before..and a favorite among the early grades.
Preschool isn't an academic deal breaker..contrary to what our society now promotes. With minimum effort at home..and a few social outings thrown in (after the age of 3) you can easily prepare a child for kinder.
My p.a. oldest dc is 10 yrs. old and tested post high school on her SAT 9 test last April. My 1st grader tested at the 5th grade level on her SAT 9. Neither of them went to 2K, 3K, or 4K...as a matter of fact, they were both 6 yrs. old through most of 5K due to birthdates. It's not rocket science...nor does anything mythical or magical occur in preschool. It can easily be done at home. You just have to ask yourself if sending them to preschool is worth the risk/ordeal/stress of trying to keep them safe in a world where nuts are considered as normal as they air we breathe.
Yes, I believe in homeschooling children in the early grades..at least until the child is mature enough to remember the rules they must follow to keep safe. Then it becomes a matter of finding a school that will work with you to keep your dc safe.
[This message has been edited by FromTheSouth (edited September 16, 2003).]

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