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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Birthday Policy

Birthdays are an important milestone for all children and at Bridge Kids we always mark the occasion with a small party. If parents / guardians wish to bring in any food items such as a birthday cake or sweets they are welcome to do so but must ensure that food items are wrapped in original store packaging noting expiry dates and all ingredients. Due to HACCP food controls we cannot accept home baked goods.

Nut Policy


To ensure children are not exposed to potential allergens, Bridge Kids operates a no nut policy. Whilst we are unable to completely eliminate the possibility that nut or nut products may be present in the raw ingredients supplied to us, we will not knowingly serve food containing nuts, including the prevention of purchasing products such as peanut butter, Nutella, all nuts and cooking oil containing peanut oil, as well as foods containing nuts.

ANTIBIAS / ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY


In Bridge Kids we value diversity and uniqueness in people; both adults and children. We acknowledge disability as an expression of human diversity.
We uphold the social model of disability which teaches that it is with society that the problem lies, not the child or adult with different abilities.

We aim to ensure that people with specific needs or cultural differences are not excluded by barriers of rejection, discrimination, negative attitudes and poor social organisation.


Bridge Kids has a policy of equality of care, respect and value for all children. We welcome and support children with additional needs, and their families. These needs may be physical, intellectual, social or emotional. Language may be a problem due to a specific need in this area, or because English is not the first language of the child.

We aim to provide a physically accessible indoor and outdoor environment.

Bridge Kids displays books and posters with positive images of people with disabilities, and people from different ethnic backgrounds.
Gender biased/stereotypical posters are not encouraged.
We will work closely with external agencies e.g., TUSLA, Early intervention teams, etc.
We will set up an agreed means to review, examine and assess the programmes for each child.
Bridge Kids encourages parents to translate our mission statement into the first language of the child, for inclusion in our policies and procedures. In addition, parents of new children are encouraged to write out a few words that have special meaning to the child, so that carers can understand their needs.
Our Getting to know you form which is included in our parent handbook, allows carers to know more about the child’s personal life, pets, etc., so that children can feel a link between their home and childcare service.
Bridge Kids undertakes to ensure staff are trained to understand diversity in children and to foster this diversity as a positive aspect of our service.
Discrimination against other members of staff, children or their families is seen as a serious disciplinary offence. Any bias or discriminatory conduct about any person is not acceptable.

Code of Behaviour- School Trips

Any additional volunteers / parents offering help in supervision should complete the staff / volunteer declaration form prior to attendance on the trip.

Adequate supervision should be arranged for children and for volunteers. All personnel should adhere to the staff/child ratios as established in the Pre-School Child Care Regulations 2006. Children should never be left unsupervised or alone with a volunteer and regular role checks should be conducted. It is recommended on a school trip to provide 1 member of staff to every 3 children.

On school trips appropriate transport should be arranged. Staff members are not permitted to use their own vehicles at any time. Should the destination require transport, a bus company that has insurance to carry children will be used. The bus will be checked before use to ensure that all seatbelts are in working order.

Emergency procedures will be in place, i.e. emergency contact details of all in attendance on the trip, first aid kits, A qualified first aider is in attendance etc. A member of staff will carry a charged mobile phone on outings in the case of an emergency

All parents/guardians at the beginning of the year are asked to sign a general consent form for outings and will be informed of the upcoming school trips. All relevant information will be shared on the nature of the trip, destination, drop off /collection times, method of travel and expected time of arrival back.

Parental Complaint Policy


At Bridge Kids we are committed to providing a high quality service and welcome all feedback from parents. Parents and guardians may make a complaint in relation to any aspect of our service using the following steps;

Step One - Informal discussion with management.

At this stage management will meet with parents or guardians to discuss their concerns. In many instances this initial discussion will result in a resolution.

Step Two - Official complaint in writing to management

If the informal discussion with management doesn’t result in a satisfactory resolution then we ask that the complaint is put to management in writing. This will then be investigated and the results of this investigation will be further discussed with parents / guardians.

Step Three – Board of Management

If parents / guardians are not satisfied after the above two steps they are then entitled to put their complaint in writing to the Chair person of the Board of Management. Bridge Kids managers will provide an email address or arrange for collection by the Chair of a written complaint. The Board of Management will investigate the complaint thoroughly and disseminate the findings to the parents / guardians.

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

Child Protection & Welfare Policy Statement

Bridge Kids is committed to safeguarding the children in our care and to provide a safe environment in which they can play, learn and develop. We are committed to child centred practice in all our work with children and full compliance with Children First and Our Duty to Care.

We recognise the right of children to be protected from harm, treated with respect, listened to and have their views taken into consideration in matters that affect them.

Management, staff, volunteers and students in this service recognise that the welfare of children is paramount and our service will endeavour to safeguard children by:


  • Having procedures to recognise, respond to and report concerns about children’s protection and welfare.

  • Having a confidentiality policy.

  • Having a code of behaviour for management, employees, students and volunteers.

  • Having a safe recruitment procedure.

  • Having procedures for managing/supervising employees, students and volunteers.

  • Having a procedure to respond to accidents and incidents.

  • Having a procedure to respond to complaints.

  • Having procedures to respond to allegations of abuse and neglect against staff members.

As part of the policy, this service will:

  • Appoint both a Designated Liaison Person for dealing with child protection concerns and a deputy.

  • Provide induction training on the Child Protection and Welfare Policy to all staff, volunteers, students and members of the Board of Management.

  • Ensure that staff attend in-house child protection training provided by the organisation D.L.P.

  • Provide supervision and support for staff and volunteers in contact with children.

  • This policy will be shared with parents on enrolment with our service.

  • As with all policies, this is a fluid document, and will be reviewed in line with legislative changes and as part of an annual full policy review.

  • Work and cooperate with the relevant statutory agencies as required.


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

Although the Designated Liaison Person (See Section 2) has a lead on issues relating to the protection and welfare of children, it is the responsibility of all service personnel to ensure the safety, protection and well-being of children in the care of the service. All staff, management, board members, relief staff and volunteers are required to read, understand and sign off on the Child Protection and Welfare Policy. It is expected that if staff, board members or volunteers have any questions about the policy or its implementation they speak with the Designated Liaison Person.

We will ensure that all personnel:


  • Are aware of their responsibilities and their obligations under Children First

  • Are aware of their responsibilities for reporting concerns and / or incidents regarding the safety or well-being of children to the Designated Liaison Person

  • Attend child protection training as appropriate.

This policy is applicable at all times when children are in the care of the service, including on day trips and outings.

We will ensure this policy is observed by:



  • Staff

  • Special Needs Assistants

  • Board of Management

  • Volunteers

  • Students on placement

  • Visitors to the service

  • Children (depending on age)

Definition of a child


For the purpose of this policy, a ‘child’ means anyone who is under 18 years of age.




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