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Kitchen refusing to prepare food for child

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Moofin Wed 11-Jan-17 15:31:10

Hi all, just looking for advice/ others experiences - lo due to start nursery and I've just been informed that the kitchen are refusing to prepare any food for him as they "can't guarantee it's safe" - are they allowed to do this?

He has multiple allergies but we eat and prepare them all at home with a little common sense (clean utensils) so it seems a case of over reacti g/ ass covering to avoid extra work - are they allowed to do this? It's a hospital kitchen ffs

Moofin Wed 11-Jan-17 15:34:21

His reactions have been moderate - swelling, hives, vomiting - no breathing difficulties but he does carry epipens, if it makes a difference

munchkinmable Wed 11-Jan-17 17:49:58

Have you got a care plan with them? My dd has a plan which includes what happens with a reaction, and she has a box with notes and prescribed piriton for her - they refused to give piriton without the prescription or careplan.

So I'd contact the nursery and ask for a careplan to be set up with the SEN people (I think it's SEN who did my daughters) then they'll be more confident with how to manage the allergies and therefore meals.

Moofin Wed 11-Jan-17 19:01:17

Yes he has a care plan and a box with his pirition and epipens etc nursery staff are quite happy, it's the kitchen staff refusing to accommodate him

munchkinmable Wed 11-Jan-17 19:39:20

That's pretty awful, will they refund you money to provide your own?

Treetophouses Sun 15-Jan-17 13:51:47

We had to do packed lunches at nursery, similar situation. School has been much better and have been handling things really well but couldn't find a childminder prepared to accommodate either, so still have to send him with a packed dinner on the days he goes. No fee reduction either... to be honest, even people who really should know better seem incapable of reading ingredients lists or just don't know anything about nutrition ('is egg dairy'?), so it is probably safer to cater yourself.

BigFatWhooo Wed 25-Jan-17 13:08:27

Aww that's rubbish for you.

I just wanted to say that not all childcare situations are like this. My ds has multiple allergies (dairy, eggs, peanuts and gluten) and my childminder is amazing about checking food for him. We take a packed lunch but that's what she requires anyway (she said she used to spend too long prepping food and felt the dc didn't get enough attention so stopped doing lunch for them). She sources some fab snacks for my ds - I sometimes think she's better than me at it! I would look about for an alternative setting for your dc because there are people willing to cater for dc with allergies.

babybarrister Wed 25-Jan-17 16:52:49

Have a look at the anaphylaxis campaign website - lots of advice re nurseries and schools

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