Date
20 November 2019

Develop allergy-aware environments

This involves teamwork and a combination of awareness, avoidance measures, and medication.

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Develop allergy-aware environments

Develop allergy-aware environments

Knowing how people with food allergies need to take care of themselves enables everyone to share the responsibility.

Value whānau expertise

Value whānau expertise

Attitudes to allergies will differ across and within communities, families, and cultural groups.

  • Involve parents and learners (when age appropriate) in all levels of policy and procedure reviews focused on allergies.
  • Support parents by providing notice of upcoming food events so they can contribute.
  • Listen to the concerns of parents, whānau, and caregivers – provide multiple ways of communicating with your learning community (newsletters, parents’ meetings, social media, and posters).
  • Engage your learning community in building an understanding of allergies, particularly of life-threatening anaphylaxis.
  • Explicitly seek out parent, whānau, and learner voice and ask, “What would help?”
  • Make time for frequent and regular conversations with parents and whānau to learn more about effective safety strategies.
  • Recognise the emotional impact allergies can have on families and encourage their contributions.

Work in partnership

Work in partnership

Getting relief from allergies at school is a combination of things – you can't pop a pill and be done with it. It involves a lot of teamwork, and a combination of awareness, avoidance measures, and medication.

Gina Shaw, Pediatric asthma and allergy specialist

Food bans

Food bans

Banning food is not recommended.

Removing food from early learning services should occur only following recommendation from a relevant medical specialist and the provision of documentation of this recommendation.

For more information refer to:

Source: Allergy NZ (opens in a new tab/window)

Respect privacy

Respect privacy

Consider the privacy of children and young people when displaying personal health information.

Discuss where action plans will be displayed and address any concerns with the:

  • parents of identified children and young people
  • young person themselves (depending on their age).

Source: Healthy Eating Advisory (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Food allergy management at our centre

Publisher: Allergy New Zealand

Download DOC

File

School correspondence: Ideas for notes to parents

Read time: 6 min

Publisher: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Download PDF

Website

Food allergy education for the community

Publisher: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Visit website

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Create inclusive systems”:

Return to the guide “Allergies and learning”

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