Daycare suspends 2-year-old over cheese sandwich

Two-year-old Faith Murray, pictured with her dad, Randy, at home on March 4, 2014, was suspended...

Two-year-old Faith Murray, pictured with her dad, Randy, at home on March 4, 2014, was suspended from her daycare after she brought a cheese sandwich to school. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

Denis Armstrong, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:35 PM ET

OTTAWA -- A daycare near Ottawa is taking a zero-tolerance hardline on food allergies.

On Monday, the Centre de l'enfant aux 4 Vente daycare in Barrhaven suspended two-year old Faith Murray for three days for bringing a processed cheese sandwich in a sealed ziplock bag onto the property.

The daycare, which looks after 148 children aged 18 months to 12 years has a strict no-food-from-outside policy due to the number of children with food allergies it looks after.

Penalties range from a three-day suspension for dairy to immediate termination for anything containing nuts.

Daycare director Deb Ducharme says she understands the consequences are difficult on parents but has to hold the line because some of the children have life-threatening sensitivities.

"We need to ensure their well-being and safety. Most parents are comfortable with our rules because it creates a safe environment for their children," she said.

The toddler's father, Randy Murray, is considering pulling Faith and her older brother Michael out of the daycare and putting his freelance graphic artist career on hold so he can care for them.


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