A policy is a collective agreed statement of beliefs. It exists to protect children, parents & staff. It is a course of action recommended or adopted by a service”



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E-mail:

bridgekidsmanager@bridgecomplex.ie

bridgekidsreception@bridgecomplex.ie

Shannon Road

Sixmilebridge

Co. Clare

Tel: 061 713028

Fax: 061 713 043

General Policies & Procedures

&

Mission Statement



A policy is a collective agreed statement of beliefs. It exists to protect children, parents & staff. It is a course of action recommended or adopted by a service”

Procedures are the practices by which policies are implemented in the service- the way of doing things. The procedure is underpinned by the policy”

Barnardo’s – supporting quality- 2nd edition

Updated June 2016

Friendly Societies Registration Number: 5267R / Tax Reference Number: 9620783W CHY – 17134




Contents

Contents 2

Developing, Implementing and reviewing Policy and Procedures 1

THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (1992) 2

Statement of Purpose and Function 4

Mission statement 4

Aims and Objectives 4

Curriculum 5

Ethos of Sixmilebridge and District Community Complex Society Ltd t/a Bridge Kids and The Bridge Complex 6

Equality and Diversity Policy 7

ADMISSIONS POLICY 9

Pre-Admission 9

SETTLING IN POLICY 9

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS POLICY 10

CCTV 10


Internet Usage 11

Parent Communications Policy 11

Confidentiality Policy 12

Sleeping Baby Policy (Regulation 28) 13

Bottle Heating Policy 15

CHILDRENS HAND WASHING POLICY 17

Communication plan for staff and parents: 18

Sunscreen Policy 18

Wet Gear Policy 19

Pushchair Policy 19

Outdoor Play Policy 19

Birthday Policy 19

Nut Policy 20

ANTIBIAS / ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY 20

Code of Behaviour- School Trips 21

Parental Complaint Policy 21

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY 22

Child Protection & Welfare Policy Statement 22

Overall Responsibility of all Employees, Board Members, Volunteers and Students. 23

Definition of a child 23

Role of the designated liaison person 23

Recognising, Responding and Reporting Concerns about a Child’s Welfare or Possible Abuse. 24

Recognising Concerns 24

Recognising Concerns 25

Recognising Concerns 26

Informing Parents about child protection and welfare concerns 27

Responding to a retrospective disclosure by an adult of abuse as a child 28

Confidentiality Statement 28

Allegations of abuse or neglect against employees, students or volunteers 29

Parents and Allegations of abuse or neglect against employees 30

Record Keeping 30

Code of Behaviour 31

Safe Recruitment 33

Induction for new employees, students and volunteers 34

Responding to complaints 35

Policy Statement 35

procedures for responding to a complaint 35

Management of Day Trips / Outings from Bridge Kids 35

Managing Routine Outings & Managing and Planning Day Trips/Outings 36

Incident / Accident Reporting Policy 36

Policy Statement 36

Social Media Policy 38

Appendix 1 Standard Report Form 38

Appendix 2 Definitions/Signs & Symptoms (as per Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children) 38

Definition of Emotional Abuse 38

Definition of Physical Abuse 39

Definition of Sexual Abuse 39

Appendix 3 Signs and symptoms 40

1.Signs and symptoms of Neglect 40

2. Characteristics of Neglect. 41

Appendix 4 Guidance on responding to a disclosure from the child protection and welfare practice handbook 47

Appendix 5 Reasonable grounds for reporting a child protection and welfare concern – see section 2 child protection and welfare Practice handbook 48

Parent / Guardian Involvement Policy 48

PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS/GUARDIANS 48

OPEN DOOR POLICY FOR PARENTS 49

PARENT/ TEACHER MEETINGS 49

RESPECT FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS 50

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORT FOR PARENTS. 50

Fee Policy 50

Fee payments 50

LATE COLLECTIONS 51

SUBVENTION SCHEME 51

VOLUNTEER PLACES 51

FINANCES 51

COMMUNITY LINKS POLICY 51

STATUTORY LINKS POLICY 51

INTEGRATION OF CHILDREN WITH ADDITONAL NEEDS 51

POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT POLICY 52

Positive Strategies for Behaviour Management 52

DEALING WITH BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS: 53

ANTI BULLYING POLICY 54

Biting Policy 55

Actions for staff if a bite occurs. 55

ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS FORM Regulation 13 56

FIRST AID PROCEDURE 56

FIRST AID TREATMENT 56

Risk Management Policy 57

Sickness Policy 57

Medical Assistance Policy (Regulation 7) 61

Out of School Collection & Drop off Policy 62

Healthy Eating Policy 62

FIRE SAFETY POLICY 64

CLEANING & MAINTENANCE POLICY 64



Developing, Implementing and reviewing Policy and Procedures


DEVELOPMENT OF POLICIES

Policy and procedures are developed by the Manager and the Board of Management and are reviewed continuously to meet changing needs and practices. All stakeholders have an input into devising, implementing and reviewing the policies. A general review is also conducted on an annual basis.

The Board of Management, staff, and parents are all given a chance to contribute their opinions. It is also the responsibility of the manager to take account of the opinion of the children in overall policy development.

Equality proofing our policies is an active process, with ongoing assessment of development and re-evaluation of all practice. Continuous monitoring is essential to allow for evaluations, review and improvement of our policies. Our policies are available to all stakeholders to ensure that full understanding of our overall ethos, practices and goals.

Policy and procedures documents have been submitted to The County Childcare Committee, and Pobal, the agency who manages childcare grants and assures quality in policies is understood from the outset of the service.

The preschool officers of TUSLA may review all or part of the policy and procedures document as part of their annual inspection process.

REVIEW OF POLICIES and PROCEDURES

This document is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it reflects current practice and enhances the quality of the service provided.




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