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Thoughts from the Leapfrog Learning Center in Shrewsbury

The Leapfrog learning Center in Shrewsbury is the best preschool for allergic children because our professional staff has special training and knows what to do in case of an emergency.

Choosing the right  preschool can be hard enough without the added worry of a child with allergies.  What can you do to ensure that your child will be safe when you are not there to protect them?  The first step is to make sure that the preschool management is sensitive to your needs and is willing to be flexible in allowing you to keep a vigilant eye over the classroom and school snacks to make sure that there is nothing  that can cause problems.  Management should also be willing to support your efforts to brief teachers about your child’s special needs and allow you to send a letter to the other families in your child’s class t to alert them of your child’s allergy problems.

At the leapfrog Learning Center in Shrewsbury, all our teachers have had professional training from a certified nurse in how to use an “epi” pen.  All our teachers are also certified in pediatric CPR and pediatric first aid.  We have been in operation for almost 20 years and have always had some children with allergy problems (who came with nebulizers or an “epi” pen) but we have never had an allergy emergency.  Our 6/1 teacher ratio ensures that every child is always carefully supervised and never far from the watchful eye of a teacher.  No preschool is better equipped to deal with allergic children.

Every preschool depends on cooperation from their parents to make their allergy policies effective.  If your child is allergic, you should make sure you keep track of “epi” pen stale dates and you should take the time to get to know the other parents in your child’s class to ensure they don’t send their child with “special treats” that might cause problems.  If your child is not allowed to have the snacks provided by your preschool, you should provide your own snacks and non-allergenic treats when another child has a birthday.  Keeping allergic children safe is a joint effort that requires sensitivity and committment from management, teachers, and other parents.  If you discover your child has allergies, take a deep breath and know that there are preschools that are prepared to help.

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