Date
20 November 2019

Review your enrolment policies and procedures

Plan to gather information and keep it up-to-date.

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Obtain medical information

Obtain medical information

At enrolment, request and file children’s and young people’s allergy and/or anaphylaxis action plans. Learners with allergies may also have asthma.

Identify learners with allergies

Identify learners with allergies

Supplementary questions added to a standard medical form can result in effective identification and support for learners with allergies.

  • Does your child or young person have an ASCIA anaphylaxis or allergic reaction action plan?
  • Has your child previously had anaphylaxis?
  • Does your child have an EpiPen?
  • Has your child been prescribed any medication for allergies by their doctor? Explain the dosage and how to administer it.
  • Have you provided written consent to administer medication as required?
  • What causes your child to have an allergic reaction (for example, eating specific foods, skin contact with allergens, inhaling allergens)?
  • How does your child react to specific triggers, (for example, with a  rash, wheezing, coughing, or sneezing)?

Source: Ministry of Education

Ease anxiety

Ease anxiety

Parents may be worried about the safety of their child, especially if they are at risk of anaphylaxis.

Provide support during the enrolment process.

  • Follow-up on a child or young person's enrolment information.
  • Organise a meeting with parents to discuss their and their child's individual needs.
  • Discuss risk minimisation strategies and develop a health-care plan. When the young person at risk is at high school, they will usually be included in this discussion.
  • Explain health and safety policies and procedures for managing allergies.

Source: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (2016). Vol. 41, No. 4 (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Anaphylaxis fact sheet for parents of children at risk of anaphylaxis

Read time: 4 min

Publisher: Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

Download PDF

Website

10-point guide when a student is enrolled with a severe allergy

Read time: 1 min

Publisher: Allergy New Zealand

Visit website

File

Examples of risk minimisation strategies for schools, preschools and childcare services

Read time: 12 min

Publisher: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Download PDF

Next steps

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