Food Alergies



The Village Nursery (Fylde) ltd


Allergies and allergic reactions

At The Village Nursery we are aware that children can have allergies which may cause allergic reactions. We will follow this policy to ensure allergic reactions are prevented and staff are fully aware of how to support a child who may be having an allergic reaction.

• Information will be passed on by parents from the registration form regarding allergic reactions and allergies and must be shared with all staff in the nursery

• An allergy register will be kept in the General Office and both kitchen areas

• The nursery manager must carry out a full Allergy Risk Assessment Procedure with the parent prior to the child starting the nursery. The information must then be shared with all staff

• All food prepared for a child with a specific allergy will be prepared in an area where there is no chance of contamination and served on equipment that has not been in contact with this specific food type, e.g. nuts

• The manager and parents will work together to ensure a child with specific food allergies receives no food at nursery that may harm them. This may include designing an appropriate menu or substituting specific meals on the current nursery menu

• If a child has an allergic reaction to food, a bee sting, plant etc. a first aid trained member of staff will administer the appropriate treatment and parents must be informed and it must be recorded in the incident book

• If this treatment requires specialist treatment, e.g. an epipen, then at least two members of staff working directly with the child and the manager will receive specific medical training to be able to administer the treatment to each individual child

• A sick child above all needs their family; therefore every effort should be made to contact a family member as soon as possible

• If the allergic reaction is severe a member of staff will summon an ambulance immediately. We WILL NOT attempt to transport the sick/injured child in our own vehicles

• Whilst waiting for the ambulance, we will contact the emergency contact and arrange to meet them at the hospital

• A senior member of staff must accompany the child and collect together registration forms, relevant medication sheets, medication and child’s comforter

• Staff must remain calm at all times; children who witness an allergic reaction may well be affected by it and may need lots of cuddles and reassurance

• All incidents will be recorded, shared and signed by parents at the earliest opportunity.
Internal use only

This policy was adopted on 13th January 2013
Signed on behalf of the nursery
Date disseminated to staff 16th January 2013
Date for review 13th January 2014

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