We just relocated from Ontario leaving everyone we have ever known behind. In December we registered my youngest daughter in a Day Care in Quesnel. I am also an Early Childhood Educator and understand the importance of socialization.
My daughter was to attend Monday-Thursday mornings as I run a home based business educating families on this very subject.
We discussed my daughter’s asthma and her triggers which are chemical cleaners and she is most sensitive to bleach.
We discussed the simple changes that would not only provide a safer environment for my child but all the children. The supervisor was in contact immediately with Licensing in Prince George and I provided information so changes could be put in place.
We visited in December as my daughter was to start January 2nd. With each visit she would need her inhaler, which we no longer use because we have made simple changes for her health at home. On her second visit she had a bad attack. I called the Centre to let them know and I was informed that before snack as all the children sat at the table a staff member sprayed bleach & water. I was assured that they had asked my 3 -year-old daughter, “Can you breathe?” I was horrified!!
If my daughter had a peanut allergy changes would have been made and there would not have been children eating peanut butter all around her with the staff saying “Is your throat closing?”
My daughter never attended in January, February or March as we are still waiting on Licensing to make the necessary changes.
Why is my child being discriminated against? Had it been a child with a peanut allergy you can bet all the families would have been notified ASAP and a “no peanut policy” would have been put in place instantly!
Asthma is a life threatening disease and on her fourth visit she had such a severe attack that I was afraid she would not take another breath.
Isn’t it time we looked out for all our children in day cares and schools and provide them with the safest, healthiest environment possible while they are not at home?