As the Lindgren Child Care Center is made aware of allergies of children and or staff, the Center makes efforts within its capacity, to comply with recommendations of health-professionals regarding those specific allergies. For example, if staff has food allergies, the Center does not assign them to duties that require their contact with the preparation, service, or clean-up of food. Children who have allergies are identified to the Center by their parents (if the allergies are known). If the allergy is a food allergy, statements completed and signed by physicians indicate to the Center what foods to substitute for the allergenic food. The Lindgren Child Care Center asks families of a child with food allergies to give consent for posting information about that child's food allergy and, if consent is given, then posts that information in the food preparation area and in the areas of the facility the child uses so it is a visual reminder to all those who interact with the child during the program day. If the allergy is severe, a Food Allergy Action Plan completed by the physician describes for the Center to use for emergency measures, such as Epi-Pens. The same Allergy Action Plan is completed to tell the Lindgren Child Care Center how to respond to a severe insect bite. Statements in our facility indicate the Center serves no nut products in the center, and allows no foods from homes to be brought in and served to children.
- Allergy Action Plan, Appendix IV-A
Any child with a food allergy must have a Food Allergy Action Plan on file; they are to be the brightest paper in the file (yellow). The plan will guide staff as what to do if the child experiences an allergic reaction and has directions on administering Epi-pens. Each staff member will be trained in the use of Epi-pens at the beginning of each semester.
- Food Allergy Action Plan, Appendix VI-B