When you register for one of our events, we ask for a variety of information to look after your child, including any dietary issues and any medical information. This includes allergies.
At both our day and residential venues we take all medical information very seriously, including allergies. We have a paediatric-trained first-aider on site at all times and their training includes EpiPen training.
At our residential venue where catering is provided, all dietary and allergy information is passed on to the catering team who are very experienced in dealing with all common (and many not-so-common requirements). We provide them with detailed lists of what is needed for the campers and also brief the children about how the kitchens work and how to ask the servers about the dishes. The servers and chefs can always provide information about the contents of all meals, and the menu at the counter is also labelled with information to address the dietary and medical needs of each week's campers.
At our day venues campers bring their own lunch and snacks. We don't operate a policy of requesting parents to avoid bringing particular foods to camp, and this includes nuts. We realise that this may be different from the policy that your child's school operates, but there are many very good reasons that we do not operate a nut-free policy.
The primary reason is that the most recent advice from the Department for Education, the professional medical community and expert organisations like Allergy UK and Anaphylaxis UK is this is counterproductive and is not recommended. Here are just some of the reasons:
It's simple, as a parent of a child with a severe allergy, you should:
In return, we remind all children of the importance of these two things and train our staff how to handle allergies. This is what is most likely to keep your children safe now, and in the future and it is based on science, not following what 'looks good' or what most other organisations might do.