Guidelines for early childhood services and schools
1. Allergy New Zealand advocates a collaborative approach, and has produced the Allergy and Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Early Childhood Services and Schools as a resource for educators, staff, public health nurses and school nurses, as well as students, parents and caregivers.
They can be downloaded here as a pdf, or purchased through our shop-online, either on their own or as part of an Education Kit.
2. Allergy New Zealand’s guidelines include the strategies recommended by ASCIA. These were recently updated and published: “ASCIA guidelines for prevention of anaphylaxis in schools, pre-schools and childcare: 2012 update”
3. The Ministry of Education also published guidelines in 2007 for managing Health Conditions in an Education Setting. These a can be found here.
4. High Health Needs Funding
School-age students with complex health needs may be eligible for High Health Needs Funding through the Ministry of Education. It is important to note that the school is responsible for making the application, in consultation with the parent/caregiver, and will need up-to-date medical information from the child/student’s medical specialist. Further information can be found on the Ministry’s website.
5. Tips and Strategies
Allergy New Zealand’s National Volunteer Network has compiled some practical tips for implementing guidelines in schools. Read them here.