Nurseries And Schools

Starting nursery or starting a new school can be daunting, here is some lists that can help with the transition, and to use as a guide yearly.

  1. Look the school’s policy for allergies. Check every year.
  2. Ask for a talk if not had one recently about food allergies so other students can learn.
  3. What is the schools bullying policy? Does this cover bullying, due to allergies?
  4. Who will be responsible for your child? And who will be responsible if that person is not present?
  5. Are the staff trained for allergic reactions and anaphylaxis?
  6. Meet your child’s teacher.
  7. Meet, if possible, the catering staff.
  8. Has the school ordered an extra pen? Schools can order adrenaline auto-injectors themselves for school time, but check with school what is the expiry date, in case gets overlooked.
  9. Action plan and medical forms filled out, any photos needed for paperwork or identification for mealtimes. Renew every year Medically diagnosed care plan in place. Risk assessment forms
  10. That you are happy to liaise with school about your child’s allergies.
  11. Ask for school menu.
  12. How your child will be identified without being and be supported for their allergies without being singled out
  13. Find out if there are other students at the school that have food allergies.
  14. School trips run through details about their food, who is medically trained, and details of on.
  15. Ask if can bring in safe snacks if there is a last-minute celebration or birthday sweets.
  16. Policy on Home economics
  17. After school clubs, who are they run by? E.g., by school or outside 3rd parties
  18. Breakfast clubs are they the same caterer as lunchtime meals?
  19. School trips – see below.
  20. Do they use food in art classes or other activities?
  21. What are the class handwashing policy?
  22. Download printable photo labels for putting on lunchboxes so on (see below)
  23. Make sure you have all the forms you need.
  24. Make sure all forms are filled out and returned before 1st day of starting.

Additional Needs Children

Please use all lists in addition with this

  1. Communication between parent/carer and consultant/GP/teachers/therapists is vital.
  2. School care plans must include diagnosis of the additional needs and allergies
  3. All parties (consultant/GP/teachers/therapists) must be aware of communication problems.

For your child

  1. Involve your child so the school can understand the terminology your child uses, your child will see a familiar face to take away anxieties and who to come to if your child is having a reaction.
  2. Teach your child to seek help immediately if got symptoms of allergic reaction or feeling unwell.
  3. Teach your child to wash hands before, handling and eating foods.
  4. Teach your child not to share foods
  5. Teach your child to read labels this will also help them in the future.
  6. Teach them not to share cups, bottles, eating cutlery so on
  7. Look through menu with your child.
  8. Always carry their adrenaline auto-injectors with them unless a team leader has them, make sure your child knows who is responsible for them.
  9. If they have allergy alert/ anaphylaxis bands, bracelet, to wear them. The silicon alert bands are good if going swimming.
  10. They always to check labels even if an adult has done so already.
  11. Tell your child if uncertain about a food do not eat and speak to an adult.
  12. Encourage not to eat on school transport or travel by public transport.
  13. Teach avoidance strategies.
  14. Teach your child to speak to you or an adult if they are getting bullied over their allergies. Or they have been put in a dangerous situation e.g., food thrown at child.

School Trips

  1. Talk to teachers leading the trip.
  2. Talk to your child about their concerns.
  3. Talk to other parents about your child’s allergies.
  4. If part of the trip is in a hotel/hostel, contact them and plan.
  5. Ask if there will be a first aider with the group, is there anyone who is trained to give adrenaline auto-injector. Is there someone trained to spot the signs of an allergic reaction.
  6. Where will the adrenaline auto-injectors be kept? Will they be kept safe and close to hand? Will the adrenaline auto-injector be stored in the right temperature?
  7. If you child is older and knows how to use their adrenaline auto-injector will they be allowed to have it with them? During activities when it is not viable to have with your child, where will the adrenaline auto-injector be? E.g., with an adult and will they be a nominated person from the start of camp so no confusion who has it?
  8. Talk to leaders about food, dietary requirements, how food is stored and prepared? How will they stop cross contamination?
  9. Will there be a separate menu for your child and if so, could you see and approve before actual trip?
  10. Will the trip be abroad? Will you need translation cards? (see link below)
  11. Will your child be eating outdoors or a canteen and will mealtimes be supervised?
  12. Will there be other foods be brought to the trip by other children and leaders? If your child is allergic to nuts/peanuts, ask if they cannot be brought onto travelling arrangements or site.
  13. Ask how will your child be supported for their allergies without being singled out?
  14. Ask if a talk can be arranged for all the children about allergies before the trip so the children can understand and ask questions.
  15. If the school holiday offers day trips out from the site, what strategies are implemented for safety?
  16. Make sure all medical forms are completed.
  17. Supply 2 adrenaline auto-injectors.
  18. Medically diagnosed care plan in place
  19. Download printable photo labels for putting on lunchboxes so on

An Example of a Risk Assessment St Marys Preschool

(Thank you very much for the written permission to use your risk assessment)

PTA events e.g., school fayres

Speak to the PTA about being allergy aware and foods they are likely to sell. If the nursery or school has an allergies policy

From PTA+ website

End Of School Year Plan.

  • Update your child’s Action Plan.
  • Think about end-of-year celebrations that include food.
  • Pick up unused medicines on the last day of school.
  • Make a planner for the year to check expiry dates on medication.
  • Pick up your any food that your child has at school for snacks.

ID Photo Label Adrenaline Auto-Injector for School

Section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014 is to ensure schools must be responsible for individual care plans for students with medical conditions, this includes those with severe allergies.

Since 1st October 2017, the Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017 allowed schools in the UK to buy adrenaline auto-injector devices (known as AAIs) without a prescription.

Bullying, under Section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014, aim to ensure that all children with medical conditions, in terms of both physical and mental health.

Children and Families Act 2014 UK Government Website

Allergen guidance for institutional caterers Food Standards Agency

Prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) allergen labelling changes for schools, colleges and nurseries FSA

Using emergency adrenaline auto-injectors in schools UK Government Website

Keeping children safe in education Statutory guidance for schools and colleges Government Website

Safer food, better business teaching resources for colleges FSA

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions Government Website




Bullying UK

Below are the guidelines for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.


Using emergency adrenaline auto-injectors in schools UK Government Website

The Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 UK Government Website

Northern Ireland

Support for pupils with medication needs Department of Education NI



Record of medicine administered to an individual child Department of Education NI


Supporting children and young people with healthcare needs in schools: guidance Scottish Government Website


Supporting your healthcare needs at school: Young people’s summary Wales Government Website

Supporting learners with healthcare needs: A quick guide for parents Wales Government Website

Supporting learners with healthcare needs Wales Government Website

healthcare needs policy template for schools Wales Government Website

Supporting learners with healthcare needs Wales Government Website

Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school Wales Government Website–3


These lists are guidance only, and not fully extensive, people are advised that it is the responsibility of the individual when using this information.

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