Starting Kindy

Starting Kindy With Food Allergies


Resources for Parents and Educators

Starting kindy is a big step for any child, but it can be even more challenging if your child has a food allergy.

Allergy Books for Children

We get it, we’ve been there and know that entrusting someone else with your child can feel frightening. Will your kindy be able to keep your child safe in an environment where your child’s allergens may be present? Will the other families and children attending understand allergies?

The good news is many Early Learning Services are well prepared and provide a nurturing and safe environment for children with allergies, and we work closely with many of them.

The best thing you can do is educate your child. We have several book resources children love, from Thai Goes To A Birthday Party, his City Adventure and Starting Kindy. Each book subtly teaches your child different safety messages.

Our books are visual so even very young children will begin learning through our beautifully illustrated pictures. Key messages such as carrying an EpiPen, knowing what foods you are allergic to, eating only YOUR safe food, saying no if someone offers you food, getting food checked by parents or a trusted adult, asking family and friends to wash their hands after eating, bringing safe food to parties and learning what may happen to their bodies if they were to have an allergic reaction (Thai’s First Ambulance Ride) are covered through our stories.

Children learn how the loveable Thai keeps himself safe and how allergies are just a part of his life and don’t stop him from having fun. Thai is confident and this encourages your children to become confident and learn about ways to keep themselves safe, just like Thai.

Our new book ‘Thai’s New Friend at Kindy’ is a wonderful tool to help your child with the next step in becoming more independent. Discuss the story and the different situations your child may face while at kindy. This book is a must for any childcare centre as an educational resource to aid allergy education. Educators can check out our Childcare resources

For parents it also comes with our Parent Tips Sheets helping you prepare your child for kindly, know what questions to ask when visiting different places and what you can continue to do once your child starts childcare.

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Parent Tip Sheets allergies

CHILD CARE RESOURCES ON FOOD ALLERGIES


Childcare allergy resources

An inclusive, safe learning environment paves the way for a happy and confident adult. It’s natural for both parents and teachers to feel anxious when a child with allergies commences kindy or day care. My Food Allergy Friends is Australia’s dedicated supplier of allergy-related child care resources and educational sessions. We help your young children understand exactly how to stay safe with food allergies and minimise an allergic reaction. Giving peace of mind to parents, educators and most importantly, children with food allergies.

Our Food Allergy SMART Program is used by many Early Learning Services to create an allergy aware community. Centres use either our resources or book an incursion where we visit the centre and deliver our fun and engaging allergy awareness sessions.

HELP RAISE AWARENESS IN YOUR CHILDCARE CENTRE


Childcare Allergy Pack

We offer a discount for childcare centres, kindergartens and schools.

Tadpoles Childcare Centres in Queensland are the first to lead the way and have purchased books to educate every one of their QLD centres. We also work with Active Kids, Guardian, Goodstart, Emali Centres, Stepping Stones, Little Learning Schools and C & K to name a few.

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CHILD CARE AND KINDY RESOURCES – FOOD ALLERGY BOOKS, POSTERS AND EPIPEN AND ASTHMA BAGS

My Food Allergy Friends is all about creating a safe, inclusive kindy or child care environment. All materials are developed specifically as practical, fun and engaging food allergy resources. My Food Allergy Friends provides child care centres and kindergartens with the simplest and most affordable way to incorporate food allergy awareness into the kindergarten curriculum.

Browse our selection of child care resources now or give us a call to discuss your requirements.

FOOD ALLERGY STORIES CREATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR EARLY LEARNING EDUCATORS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS

Thai is a kindy kid with food allergies. Thai is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, shellfish and milk. Thai’s New Friend at Kindy is all about giving children with food allergies the confidence to take the next step towards independence. It focuses on making smart choices in different situations he or his new friend Estella may face at kindy. For his classmates, it’s a fun and colourful way to learn practical skills for preventing allergic reactions at kindy.

Thai’s story is easily relatable for kids at playgroups, prep classes, extracurricular clubs and classes and any location where little ones start taking steps towards independence.

FUN, ENGAGING EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

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For educators concerned about their duty of care in the classroom and playground, our in-centre allergy education sessions are an excellent way to cover all your bases with your children, teaching them ways to be Food Allergy Smart. Parents of children with food allergies may approach their centres about options for educational sessions.

Learn more here.

FOOD ALLERGY RESOURCES AND INFORMATION FOR PARENTS, EDUCATORS AND TEACHERS

These resources are hand-selected from Australia’s most trusted allergy organisations for parents and early childhood education professionals. These will help bring food allergies into your kindy curriculum and raise awareness of dangers. You’ll also find information and teacher resources on allergy management plans and first aid.

 

Not in Australia? Find resources in New Zealand, Canada, the US and UK below.


The links below are resources obtained from a variety of trusted allergy organisations around the world. Check which guidelines are current for your country or state, and use those resources to form a plan for your child.

CRAFT & ACTIVITIES FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS

Craft and activities for parents

When you order our books we have a selection of free colouring pages and activities teachers and parents can use. Please email us with your invoice number and we will send you the activities. Don’t forget to check out the resource page that has discussion points for each book.

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INSULATED EPIPEN BAG FOR KINDY


The EpiPen bags is ideal for storing EpiPens, antihistamine and asthma medication at kind or school.
– Customised insert allows staff to clearly identify the child, their allergies, days they attend the centre or school, medication details including expiry dates.
– Insulated case and large enough for two EpiPens!
– As used by the book character Thai in our food allergy book series.

Designed by early childhood professionals to support children at risk of anaphylaxis, this insulated EpiPen bag is easily identifiable in an emergency. The bag is large enough to house an Epipen or Anapen and antihistamines, yet small enough that it can be safely stored away. The clearly designed label ensures that the correct child’s medication is quickly accessed in an emergency.

Dimensions: 21.5 x 5.5 x 18 cm

MEDICAL ID BRACELET


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Have your child wear a medical alert bracelet, it’s a great way to remind others of your child’s medical needs. Medibands® provide peace of mind so that when the unexpected happens, critical medical information can be conveyed to teachers and medical professionals.

Mediband® caters for many medical conditions such as food allergies. Covering foods such as peanuts, dairy and eggs, I carry an EpiPen or anaphylaxis alert. You can also have drug allergies listed to medications such as penicillin, or alerts for other medical conditions like diabetes and epilepsy.

Mediband® offers an extensive and ever-expanding range of medical wristbands which we are proud to partner with.

If Mediband® don’t have what you’re after, they’ll make it for you!

CHILDCARE PACK


My Childcare Allergy Pack contains 3 preschool books, 5 child-friendly posters, plus access to craft. The posters show colourful reminders about washing hands after eating and not sharing food, perfect for childcare centres and kindergartens.

Childcare Allergy Pack
  • Educational allergy books x 3
  • 4 Child-friendly posters to rise awareness throughout your centre
  • Allergies & Me Poster
  • Craft emailed to your centre, great for allergy week
  • Further activities emailed to your centre
  • Information sheet for parents who enrol a child with allergies – Tips on starting kindy
  • Certificates emailed to your centre or you can add our gloss double-sided A5 certificates to your order
  • Links to teaching points for each book

Childcare Centres can order a childcare pack by contacting My Food Allergy Friends below.

Help us to create a safe, inclusive kindy or child care environment by teaching ALL children about food allergies and helping our community become

FOOD ALLERGY SMART


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Resources

Food Allergy Resources For Teachers, Childcare Educators and Parents

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FREE Food Allergy RESOURCES for childcare educators, teachers and caregivers. After reading the books, childcare educators, teachers and parents can discuss the stories with children. This will help reinforce the teaching points within the stories and open further discussion on food allergies and how it may relate to your child, childcare centre or school.

Below are some printable teaching resources.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE CERTIFICATE


Certificates

Present your child or the classroom with our Allergy Aware Certificate. Thank you for raising awareness in your childcare centre or school

Our double-sided gloss certificates can also be ordered for allergy week.

TEACHERS CAN CONTACT US FOR FREE CRAFT AND COLOURING PAGES


INFORMATION SHEET FOR PARENTS


BOOK WEEK ACTIVITIES FOR TEACHERS


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Book Week Activities for teachers and educators 
Email us for a Book Week poster to display at your local library, school, or early learning service.

Book Week 2020
Theme: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds
Dates: Term 4: October 17-23
Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators, and children celebrate Australian children’s literature and you will often see children’s book character parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays.

CONTACT US if you would like to raise awareness of allergies over BOOK WEEK.

You can dress up as Thai, Rabbie, or Finn. We have FREE craft, masks of the book characters Thai and Finn for school parades, special book week colouring pages, and activities all related to our books helping to educate others about ALLERGIES.

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2019 BOOK WEEK

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Book Week Activities for teachers – Allergy Books Light Up Our World

Book Week 2019
Theme: Reading is My Secret Power
Dates: 17 – 23 August 2019
Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators, and children celebrate Australian children’s literature and you will often see children’s book character parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays.

HOW TO USE AN AUTO-INJECTOR


If you have a child with a food allergy, share this video with family and friends. How to use an auto-injector.

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO ON HOW TO USE AN EPIPEN®

CHANGES TO INSTRUCTIONS ON EPIPEN® ADMINISTRATION 13 JUNE 2017

The devices have not changed, just the instructions on the label, which now include:

  • Reduced injection time from 10 to 3 seconds – this is based on research confirming delivery of adrenaline through the 3 second delivery time.
  • Removal of the massage step after the injection – this has been found to reduce the risk of irritation at the injection site.

A new short video featuring Dr Andrew Rochford, explaining the changes

 

MyFoodAllergyFriends

My Food Allergy Friends

Australia’s dedicated provider of educational allergy resources

My Food Allergy Friends is Australia’s dedicated provider of educational allergy resources. The aim of our Food Allergy SMART Program is to help parents and teachers educate kids about allergies using our books and resources, children can have fun while learning about allergies.

Childcare centres and schools can put the Food Allergy Smart program in place by using our ALLERGY PACKS or booking a SESSION to teach kids about food allergies and ways to be Food Allergy SMART.
Helping you with allergy education in childcare and schools.

Allergy Education Program Schools
Allergy Education Program Schools

ASCIA have developed information in response to the COVID-19 respiratory disease pandemic. As the situation is rapidly changing the information is updated regularly.

WHAT DOES CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) MEAN FOR PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA?

Click here Asthma Australia

Including ASCIA Action Plans, FAQs about adrenaline auto-injectors and guidelines.

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Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia Inc (A&AA) strives to raise awareness of life-threatening allergy in the community and provides science-based information, resources and services to support children and adults living with severe allergy and the risk of anaphylaxis.

For schools and childcare services

A charity dedicated to improving lives affected by eosinophilic disorders.

Developed and supervised by allergist, Prof Pete Smith, Allergy Medical is a doctor-operated clinic dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and management of allergies. Bridging the gap between your GP and specialist care, Allergy Medical provides more people with a more timely solution to their allergy problems. You don’t need a referral, and there’s no long waiting list. So you can fast-track your treatment, and get well sooner rather than later.

At Queensland Allergy Service we have two very experienced allergy clinicians who will provide a tailored consultation aimed at educating about allergies for better quality of life.

If you register your adrenaline auto-injector with the Program, we will send you a reminder to renew your prescription before you pass the Expiry Date. You can choose SMS, Email or standard mail options for the reminder.

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One in ten people in Australia has asthma. It affects people of ages. Allergies and asthma often occur together.

NEED EMOTIONAL SUPPORT?


Allergy Support Hub

The Allergy Support Hub provides frontline support for Allergic individuals and their families. ASH was started out of an identified need for support services that provide direct social and emotional help to individuals with a diagnosed Allergy and their families. International research indicates that people living with an Allergic condition may experience stress and anxiety associated with the daily management of one – or often multiple Allergies, including Anaphylaxis – which then impacts that individual and their families quality of life. Read More

 

Simone Albert – Food Allergy Counselling

Why Counselling?

Counselling supports and helps individuals and families navigate through fear, anxiety, or ongoing high levels of stress as a result of managing a life with food allergies. Simone is a registered counsellor that educates, advocates, increases awareness and supports allergy families and the wider community as she understands first hand how living with allergies affects the entire family.  Read More

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS


allergy-NZ

Allergy New Zealand is a national charity that provides you with reliable information, education and support so you can manage your or your child’s allergy and live an active and healthy lifestyle. For links and resources Click Here

Works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Your home for education, advocacy, & connection with others affected by life-threatening food allergies & anaphylaxis.

Elijah-Alavi Foundation logo

The Elijah-Alavi Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, which aims to encourage nation-wide diverse, social and equitable resources to make sure that all children in every school and beyond in every neighborhood regardless of socioeconomic conditions, culture, or class, are safe when their parents drop them off.

Red Sneakers for Oakley logo

Red Sneakers for Oakley was established by Robert and Merrill Debbs after the death of their 11-year-old son Oakley due to a fatal allergic reaction to nuts. Oakley loved his red sneakers and the family decided to use them as a powerful symbol for increased education and awareness among communities of people with food allergies, but also people who don’t have them.

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Food Allergy Week is an initiative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia. The week helps to promote and develop through education, research and ongoing support, the awareness of food allergy amongst Australians. See how you can help.

“Check out our Event Page to see what we are up to for Food Allergy Week. Hope to see you there!”

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Preparing for School – Read Now

Jackie Nevard - Allergy Educator

Food Labels – When getting it wrong isn’t an option – Read Now

Preparing for school when your child has allergies – Read here

Preparing for school when your child has allergies

Face your fear – Anaphylaxis – Read here

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HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS