Maisy and Hope are taking part in the Lifestyle Challenge. The challenge is open to all 10 – 17 year olds who are resident in North Yorkshire. The mission is to think up a project and then do it!
Maisy and Hope are targeting playgroups in the area because they both have siblings who suffer from allergies and cannot always attend playgroups because they offer foods/snacks that they are allergic to. This is therefore an important topic to us.
As you might be aware, allergies in children are on the rise with Cow’s milk protein being the fastest growing allergy. So it is more important than ever for playgroups to adapt and become more inclusive to children with allergies.
They would like to help you provide a safer environment for the children who suffer from allergies, and attend, or would like to attend, your playgroup. As you are aware, playgroups are very important for babies and toddlers to learn to socialise so that they are ready to start school. They are also important for parents mental health, to socialise and talk to someone if they have any worries, lonely or are stressed. It is important that they talk to other parents who might have the same problems.
They would like to give you ideas on how you can make playgroup safer and more inclusive for children with allergies. Please find some suggestions below:
Structured snack times
A dedicated snack table
Children and parents should be asked not walk around the play areas eating or holding food
Provide food that is not in the top 14 allergies such as fruit
Have a sign that asks parents not to allow children to consume food in the play areas due to kids with allergies attending playgroups
When new parents join, ask them if their child suffers from allergies so you can adapt to suit their needs
They are aware that making playgroups 100% safe for all children is difficult however with your help we would to make playgroups in Scarborough and further afield, safe and more inclusive to all children and parents.
They are happy to provide you with a laminated sign that you can put up at playgroup asking parents to be mindful of children with allergies by not consuming food in the play areas.
If this something you would be interested in? Please contact Alex Maldonado, Maisy Lindley and Hope Owen-Gadd via email HERE