Starting Preschool! Scared!

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2007 - 5:57am
lreichpink's picture
Joined: 03/19/2007 - 09:00

I am new to the board and needing some help. I have registered my little girl in preschool for Aug. It is a new Montessori school. They said they would make it as safe as we need. The kids will be bringing sac lunches and eating together in a highly supervised table. The school said that there will be no food sharing and that the eating time is a teaching time. They will not be giving the food to the kids and just "watching" them eat on their own. This time will be learning good table manners and following instructions as they eat. How does this sound? Suggestions for them? Is this very safe?

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2007 - 6:24am
Peanut Militia's picture
Joined: 03/06/2007 - 09:00

Do a search for 504 plans (the public school's allergy plans) and it will give you some ideas. You should also let your doc know what the school is doing and ask if it is enough for your child.

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2007 - 7:29am
NicoleinNH's picture
Joined: 06/21/2003 - 09:00

[This message has been edited by NicoleinNH (edited June 09, 2007).]

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2007 - 3:33pm
Sarahb's picture
Joined: 01/22/2007 - 09:00

My son's Montessori is the same way as you described. Lunch is very controlled. But even so they agreed to go nut free. The teachers were so on edge when a child was eating peanut butter near my son...they were releived when the school asked that no more nuts be brought in. As was I!
BUT I would give you this caution....parents bring in food for bday's - see if you can store a safe snack there for those times - also sometimes in our school a parent or teacher aide is watching the room at lunch...make sure that the allergies and names are posted somewhere for a substitue to see. Before my son was diagnosed I was covering the room at lunch one day and served milk to two children who had milk allergies. One of the older girls noticed and told me. I was floored. So you still have to be really careful and have great communication with the teachers...but I am amazed at how quiet and controlled the lunch is. My son was the youngest child in his room for a year...he is now 3.5 and the oldest in his room are 5 or mabye some 6.
He is really thriving there. And it helps at home too - one toy at a time and then put it away!

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 5:28am
lreichpink's picture
Joined: 03/19/2007 - 09:00

Wow! THanks for your great responses! I talked to the teacher and she said that they would consider going peanut free! So glad I brought it up. I said that I would be a peanut resource for any parent that has questions about food products. She appreciated that.

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 1:51pm
kjtran1's picture
Joined: 09/27/2006 - 09:00

Hi - I know when my son started kindergarten, you really have to develop a relationship with your child's teacher, because it is very new to you. At home, your child is very protected, but at school, there are so many new things, that we don't even think about. Is there a class pet? Turtle or hamster, their food or bedding could have allergens in them. Classroom parties? arts and crafts, peanut butter bird feeders? Drinking fountains? have child bring own water bottle. medic alert bracelet? teacher and aids on recess are aware of allergy and what is emergency protocol.

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