Child Care Industry News March 29, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
March 29, 2016
Welcome, this week meet Toni McClure from the Illawarra Family Day Care Scheme, who has been nominated in the 2016 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards and a reminder on the importance of allergy training and preparedness in early childhood settings.
Strategies for allergy management in early childhood settings
With the increasing prevalence of serious allergies in children, there is significant pressure on early childhood education and care providers to have an up-to-date and effective management strategy in place.

Typically the avoidance of known allergic triggers is the mainstay of most management strategies; however, incidental exposure can still occur despite our best efforts to protect children with severe allergies.

For this reason the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) recommends the development of broader management plans in child care environments, which includes food avoidance but goes further to cover:
Early childhood professionals
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Child care person in the spotlight
What is your full name?

My name is Toni McClure. The children call me Tone. I am 43 years old.

Which service do you work in? How many staff and children are in your service?

I am with Illawarra Family Day Care. I work from home. I have 4 children throughout the day and also can have 3 children for before and after school care. We have around 45 educators working within our scheme. We are a committee run scheme and I am also an educator representative.

What is your professional background and career experience?

I worked at a local special needs school for 10 years before making the move to family day care. It was a very physical and fast paced but extremely rewarding job. My body needed a break.
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