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Inform, inform, inform! Please do not assume that schools under­stand Coeliac Disease. We must be pre­pared to help develop their under­stand­ing as well.

  1. Headteacher: Meet with the Head and together write a Health Plan to be put in place for your child. Discuss their needs i.e. ingredi­ents they can/cannot have, cross‐contamination etc. Plus, explain the effects if glu­ten is acci­dently con­sumed and include follow‐up actions. The Head is then respons­ible for rais­ing aware­ness and devel­op­ing an under­stand­ing amongst ALL the staff, includ­ing the kit­chen staff and SMSA’s.
  2. Teacher: Take in the book­let from CUK and ask the teacher to share it with the whole class (If this is done in the Reception class it fits in very well with their first topic). Children are incred­ibly under­stand­ing and sens­it­ive to each oth­ers needs. Their know­ledge will help spread the aware­ness of the dis­ease now and for the future.
  3. Treats: Some chil­dren like to give out a treat on their birth­day (at the end of the day!) so, arrange to keep a treat box in the teacher’s cup­board for those expec­ted and unex­pec­ted treats. This can then be moved up to the next teacher as your child goes through the school. Remember to keep it topped up.
  4. Cookery Lessons: Find out when your child’s class will be cook­ing and what they will be mak­ing. This way you can then provide a Gluten Free altern­at­ive (I am in the pro­cess of put­ting together a list for each Yr – Topic – Recipe). If pos­sible, cook with a group and explain the need for spe­cial ingredi­ents, altern­at­ively, you could talk to the whole class about the need for dif­fer­ent ingredi­ents and how they work.

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