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

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

We are committed to working with people from all walks of life to claim their rightful place as valued citizens. The vision of the Bridge Complex is Respect for All towards a Full and Valued Life. Staff must be prepared to accept and, to the best of their ability, fulfil this ethos. Each person must be treated as an individual, at all times their personal dignity acknowledged, and their full rights and privileges accorded to them.

“Bridge kids” is the childcare section of Sixmilebridge & District Community Complex society ltd. in Sixmilebridge Co Clare. It is a not-for–profit, community owned childcare facility, providing care at present for children aged 3 months to 12 years

Our remit is one of social inclusion and of involvement with the community.

The community of Sixmilebridge would be the first obvious example – we visit local services and businesses and take part in local events such as the St Patrick’s Day parade. We have, however, had children from the wider community, taking in Cratloe, Newmarket On Fergus, Shannon, Quin, Caherdavin and even as far as Kerry availing of our service. As such, we welcome these communities and encourage the involvement of groups from all areas.

Our community of parents and family of the children is another example. Parents are invited to volunteer for outings and offer help. We also extend an invitation to parents who have a particular area of interest or skill to share this with the children – be it music or art or drama etc. Families are encouraged to come to our Christmas concerts and graduation ceremonies also and many become involved in our fundraising efforts.

Our community is becoming more culturally diverse and all parents are invited to translate the mission statement of “Bridge Kids” into the first language of their child, for inclusion in our parent’s handbook and policy documents.

In addition, we would have other communities of interest involved with “Bridge kids”. In our efforts to provide best service to each child, we liaise with organisations that offer assistance to people with specific additional needs. This can be extended to include adult services also, to help ensure our workplace is universally accessible and acceptable to all.

Following the opening of our full day / after-school service, we have developed relationships with education providers for 6 – 12 year olds in our locality. Strong levels of communication at this level will aid us in our efficiency and safe management of “Bridge Kids”

Another important community that we are part of is that of Educators, trainers – professionals whose goal is to enlighten. Our service to children is clear. However, we also provide a mentor service to students from various childcare sectors and colleges. We seek participation from others in this community to provide continuity in care and assistance.

It is important to “Bridge Kids” that our staff are happy in their place of work. This community has an important voice in our organisation, as a content workforce leads to a happy environment for adults and children alike.

Child Protection is paramount to us. Careful consideration is given to our Child Protection Policy and it is reviewed regularly. All involved communities are encouraged to contribute to these reviews and the reviews of all policy documents of “Bridge Kids”.

Our wish is that, by working closely with these communities from the beginning as we draw up policies and procedures, we can address the needs and wishes of all the different communities to provide the best service possible.

To this end, we invite people from all walks of life, professions, trades, and particularly from the above communities of interest, to become involved in the Board of Management of “Bridge Kids”

Help us to provide a community crèche that is an integral part of the community in which you are involved.

Equality and Diversity Policy

The following is an addendum to existing policies, our aims and mission statement and is not meant to supersede other statements.

Statement of Intent

Bridge Kids is committed to valuing diversity by providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children, families and staff. Our ethos is one of social inclusion as highlighted in our mission statement, our general aims and objectives and the methodology used in the Crèche.


  • Provide a secure environment in which all our children can flourish and in which all contributions are valued;

  • Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity;

  • Provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and people with disabilities;

  • Improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity;

  • Make inclusion a thread which runs through all of the activities of the setting.


  • Our setting is open to all members of the community.

  • We reflect the diversity of members of our society in our publicity and promotional materials.

  • We provide information in a clear, concise language, whether in spoken or written form.

  • We provide information in as many languages as possible.

  • We base our admissions policy on a fair system - working from a waiting list.
  • We do not discriminate against a child or their family, or prevent entry to our setting, on any basis.

  • We do not discriminate against a child with a disability or refuse a child entry to our setting because of any disability.

  • We ensure that all parents are made aware of our equal opportunities policy.

  • We develop an action plan to ensure that people with disabilities can participate successfully in the services offered by the setting and in the curriculum offered with the help from CEIS (Clare Early Intervention Services), Enable Ireland and the County Childcare Committee.


The curriculum offered in the setting encourages children to develop positive attitudes to people who are different from themselves. It encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking.

We do this by:

  • Making children feel valued and good about themselves;

  • Ensuring that children have equality of access to learning;

  • Recognising the different learning styles of children, making appropriate provision within the curriculum to ensure each child receives the widest possible opportunity to develop their skills and abilities;

  • Reflecting the widest possible range of communities in the choice of resources;

  • Avoiding stereotypes or derogatory images in the selection of materials;

  • Celebrating a wide range of festivals;

  • Creating an environment of mutual respect and tolerance;

  • Helping children to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are hurtful and unacceptable;

  • Ensuring that the curriculum offered is inclusive of children with special educational needs and children with disabilities; and
  • Ensuring that children whose first language is not English have full access to the curriculum and are supported in their learning.

Valuing Diversity in Families

  • We welcome the diversity of family life and work with all families;

  • We encourage children to contribute stories of their everyday life into the setting. We encourage parents/carers to take part in the life of the setting and to contribute fully;

  • For families who have a first language other than English we will develop means to ensure their full inclusion. (we translate our parent hand book into different languages to aid full inclusion where possible);

  • See our Parental/Guardian Involvement Policy and Open Door Policy


  • We work in partnership with parents to ensure that the medical, cultural and dietary needs of children are met.

  • We help children to learn about a range of food, and to respect the differences to cultural approaches at mealtimes.


Meetings are arranged to ensure that all families who wish to be involved in the running of the setting are included. This is achieved by extending an open invitation to attend our Board of Management meetings and to participate in committee meetings and the decision making process.

  • Information about meetings is communicated in a variety of ways - written, verbal and in translation - to ensure that all parents have information about access to the meetings.

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