A key message for any pre-school caring for children with allergies is to set up good lines of communication. All parents should be asked for information about allergies before their child starts pre-school. Then a management plan can be set up for each individual child with allergies, with their help of their parents and doctor. The BSACI has management plan templates available to download from its website.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign has produced a special Factsheet, “Guidance about Anaphylaxis for Carers of Pre-School Children attending Early-Years Settings.” You can find this on Our Factsheets page in the “Anaphylaxis – General advice and information” section.
Our AllergyWise anaphylaxis online training course for parents and carers of pre-school children provides a sound understanding of the care and management of a very young severely allergic child.
Purchasing Adrenaline Auto-Injector (AAI) Generic Pens for Schools
The DOH Guidance on the use of adrenaline auto-injectors in schools 2017 sets out that schools can purchase AAIs from a pharmaceutical supplier, such as a local pharmacy, without a prescription, provided the general advice relating to these transactions are observed: i.e. small quantities on an occasional basis and the school does not intend to profit from it. A supplier will need a request signed by the principal or head teacher (ideally on appropriate headed paper) stating:
- The name of the school for which the product is required;
- The purpose for which that product is required, and
- The total quantity required.
A template letter which can be used for this purpose is provided in Appendix 1, and can also be downloaded at: www.sparepensinschools.uk
Please note that pharmacies are not required to provide AAIs free of charge to schools: the school must pay for them as a retail item. The retail price is circa £35 and your local pharmacy may add a small handling charge.
We are aware that some schools are being charged substantially more than this. Please contact the Helpline on 01252 542029 if you have concerns regarding the cost of AAIs.