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Two-year-old suspended from daycare over a cheese sandwich

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Two-year-old suspended from daycare over a cheese sandwich

By: Guest Blogger
Toddler eating with icing on her face This week two-year-old Faith Murray was suspended from daycare for three days after bringing in a cheese sandwich. The sandwich breaks the school's policy of no outside food in the facility. The daycare has a zero tolerance policy for outside food to ensure a safe environment for children with allergies. Faith's father, Randy, had given her the sandwich in the car on the way to school and didn't realize she had taken it into the daycare with her. Despite the accident, the school still suspended the little girl and even goes as far as kicking kids out who bring in peanuts. My heart breaks for this poor little girl. She's two! Two-year-olds should not be suspended from daycare. I understand the daycare's no outside food policy. I worked in a daycare for many years with many children who had life-threatening allergies. And as much as you told the parents not to bring in outside food, it still occurred. We just acted quickly, removing the food and quickly sanitizing the room to ensure the child's safety. I get that parents who have a child with allergy are probably terrified to send their kids to school where they may come in contact with an allergen, but the reality is that will happen. At school, at the mall, at restaurants, allergens can't be avoided. I think this daycare is going too far in their strict no outside food policy because that's just not realistic to life. But what disturbs me the most is that they're punishing a child as a way to punish the parents. That's not appropriate. I hope Faith is too young to having any psychological impacts from being suspended. But older children at the daycare would not be and will probably feel confused about why they they're in trouble. And truly, I don't think it's the father's fault either. Anyone who has kids or has worked with them knows that kids hide food all the time. You give them something and you assume they eat it, when really they've stuck it in their pocket or some other weird part of their body. Faith's dad didn't know she had the food on her and obviously would have taken it away from her if he did. But toddlers are hard to control. I really hope this daycare reconsiders it's policy. Children should not be punished when they're not the ones packing the food. And the school needs to be more understanding that sometimes accidents happen. What do you think of this daycare's policy?  ©iStockphoto.com/nicolesy
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