MEDICAL NEEDS AND ALLERGIES
Emmanuel Junior Academy is an inclusive school and we class ourself as being allergy aware.
ALL PARENTS/CARERS ARE ASKED TO LET SCHOOL KNOW OF ANY MEDICAL NEEDS AND ALLERGIES THEIR CHILD HAS AND TO UPDATE US ABOUT ANY CHANGES.
Supporting Medical Needs
The aims of our policy and our work in this area are to ensure that:
Supporting children with allergies
At Emmanuel we recognise the importance of taking a whole school approach to allergy management and we equip all staff with the skills they need to not only be able to manage an emergency situation but also to ensure that they have knowledge and understanding to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all children.
We are an allergy aware school. This is in line with Allergy UK advice and guidance:
'Many parents and schools try to implement a ‘ban’ certain foods (such as nuts) from school premises. However, we do not recommend a ‘no nut policy’ in schools, as it is not possible to guarantee and enforce a nut free zone, as staff cannot monitor all lunches and snacks brought in from home. A free from environment creates a false sense of security and does not safely prepare children for environments where nuts may be present. The school would need to consider other children with different food allergies and it is not practical to restrict them all. Therefore, the school should have procedures in place to minimise risk of reaction via cross contamination'.
WE ADVISE ALL PARENTS TO AVOID SENDING CHILDREN WITH ANY NUT PRODUCTS INTO SCHOOL WITHIN PACKED LUNCHES. THIS IS DONE WITHIN PARENT NEWSLETTERS.
WE WORK WITH CHILDREN
All policies linked to this element of our work have been reviewed and training is provided annually for staff. This is revisited regularly for all staff who are working with children with allergies in their own classes and when working with children at lunch time.