Peanut free Preschool

Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2000 - 2:41am
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I'm so excited to report that after numerous calling I found a peanut free preschool for my soon to be three year old PA son. It is called Fit by Five; an additional bonus is all the staff are trained on the use of epi pens!!!! Going back a bit; I called about 5 schools, while I found some did take precautions, one school actually told me they didn't want to deal with that kind of problem!! Also most schools only have one person who can administer the epi, their backup plan is to call 911 or the parents. Both are unacceptable. If the "Trained Epi Pen person" is at lunch or sick they go to their backup plan!! Sounds crazy doesn't it? Anyway I'm delighted in my good news and wanted to share it with all.

Robyn

Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2000 - 6:20am
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pthat is great news!! my son's went P free too. It is helpful./p

Posted on: Tue, 08/21/2007 - 1:04am
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My children attended a peanut free preschool. The basics:
1. Snacks had to be off the 'safe snack list' (packaged, label food or fresh fruit/veggies) and then the teacher and nurse double-checked the labels (yes, 2 people read the label to be sure no one missed anything).
2. The children with allergies brought in their own snack (nurse felt this was important for their future schooling so the children understood they cannot eat what everyone else eats--it is an important lesson down the road).
3. All staff was EpiPen trained.
4. Birthdays were non-food celebrations (the birthday child wore a crown, parent came in and shared a special story, child received a treat bag from teachers of non-food items, and brought in their baby pictures).
5. Nurse checked items used for crafts by calling manufacturers.
6. If the teachers wanted to do a cooking assignment, they used a recipe from FAAN (go to their website or search on the internet) and then bought the ingredients. Parents of food allergic children then checked each ingredient and signed a permission slip allowing the child to participate. They always cooked during class and then brought the food home to eat (due to limited time).
7. Manipulatives in the classroom were non-food items. For example, in the Fall, they had small items shaped like pumpkins, leaves, apples for counting & sorting. Hearts at Valentine's Day, etc. You can buy these online for minimal cost or at a craft store.
8. The sensory table had nonfood items and it varied (sometimes shaving cream---call the manufacturer to be sure they don't use peanut or nut oils), water with sponges, sand, foam pieces, etc..)
I hope this helps!
The National Association for the Education of Young Children also has information on peanut-free schools, I believe.

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