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Case 67 - Nursery told parents not to bring in cake because of children's allergies 'in line with health and safety regulations'

Issue

A children's nursery has told parents that it is policy not to allow parents to bring in homemade or shop bought cake to the nursery because of children's allergies etc. The policy states that 'this is in line with health and safety regulations'.

Panel decision

The nursery is incorrect to state that this ban is related to health and safety regulations - it isn't. However, it would seem to be a sensible measure to take if there is genuine concern that some very young children attending the nursery suffer from serious food allergies. It is a pity that the nursery didn't simply state the real reason rather than trotting out the "health and safety regulation" line to deter challenge.

2012-09-28