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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Bridge Kids are vigilant in adhering to all HSE ratio’s in line with childcare regulations. Late collections present various difficulties for staff. It affects ratio’s when new children arrive and other children have not yet been collected. It also results in overtime for staff. For this reason, a fine will be applied for children that are not collected at their designated time. This has been calculated at time and half to cover two members of staff wages equal to €47.00 an hour. This fine will be applied for parents who collect their child later than 5 minutes. The first instance will result in a parent being informed, however on the 2nd occasion the fine will be applied.


Subvention discounts are allocated subject to eligibility. Confirmation will be received from the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA) of your eligibility. Bridge Kids will however offer discounts on receipt of a parental declaration form. Should any discrepancies arise in relation to eligibility of Subvention discounts, then back payment of the difference will be required.


The Executive Committee recognise the efforts of all volunteers who dedicate their time for The Bridge Complex. For this reason should a parent need to avail of childcare whilst volunteering for the society at special events, a free childcare place may be granted by Management on the request by a member of the society. The childcare place must be on a day that a parent does not already have their child enrolled in the service and must be approved by Management. Places will be granted subject to availability in the room.


The Sixmilebridge AND District Community Complex society ltd (The Bridge Complex) overall administration committee is responsible for applying to the various bodies AND accessing funds for the service. The Childcare Board of Management committee is responsible for fundraising for the service.


It is our aim to encourage children to interact with their community as a whole, so visits to the library, shops and visitors to our service are encouraged. Children benefit greatly from community interactions and thought has been given to creating links with other services to share information, networking and overall community involvement.


It is the policy of the service to comply with the pre-school services regulations 2006, The service is inspected annually.


All efforts will be made to facilitate & integrate children with additional needs to this service. It is the belief of the service that such integration is desirable, & beneficial to all children.


At Bridge Kids we aim to deliver the highest quality and standard of care. The care we provide, on all occasions are based on following values: Caring, Respect, Fairness, Understanding and Equality. We believe that Positive Re-Enforcement and encouragement support positive behaviour and can help avoid problems. Behaviour issues will always be managed in a positive way that supports children’s confidence and self-esteem.


Positive Strategies for Behaviour Management

The following points outline how we nurture positive behaviour:
  • One to one adult support is offered to the child that has misbehaved to help the child to see what went wrong and work out possible solutions together.

  • Comfort and support is offered where another child has been hurt in an incident.

  • Clear explanations for unwanted behaviours and attitudes are made immediately to the child/children. Time out is never used instead staff will remove the child from the situation and stay with them whilst explaining the unwanted behaviour. Staff members should get down to the child’s level, listen to the child and discuss together. The child is encouraged to say sorry and is immediately encouraged to return to the play activity or whatever he/she chooses. The child is never isolated by being put in time out.

  • We always make clear to children that it is the behaviour and not the child that is unacceptable.

  • Staff use simple language, getting down to the child’s level and speaking calmly and quietly to the children when dealing with these situations. Staff demonstrate respect and empathy by listening and being interested.

  • Recurring problems are dealt with in an inclusive manner following observations and involving the child’s parents, and other appropriate adults.

  • Books and activities are available to help the children explore and name their feelings, where appropriate, with the aid of staff members.

  • We provide a wide range, variety and quantity of play equipment and toys both indoors and outdoors. This helps to prevent fighting and competition over toys.

  • We provide continual access to spacious outdoor play areas so that our children can run about and let off steam.

  • Our Care Programme of play activities is matched with the child’s ability and moves on as they progress, so that there is little opportunity for them to become bored or frustrated.
  • Desirable behaviour is encouraged by praising children for positive efforts such as attempting a task, being kind, willing to share, paying attention, doing as asked etc.

  • Developing social skills is an essential part of the daily routines. Children are encouraged to respect others, to take their turn, to share, to be kind and helpful, to recognise what hurts others, to respect differences, to cope with the behaviour of others, to forgive etc. This is supported by our weekly share day.

  • Children are taught how to recognise and name their feelings using methods appropriate to their age (e.g. simple language, picture or gestures (e.g. pointing, imitating an action, nodding when adult says the correct guess) this will make it easier for them to say if they have a problem, or if they feel angry or frustrated. Children will be listened to patiently and given time to get across what they want to say and this will reinforce to them that they are important and valued.

  • Children will experience on a daily basis, how they and other children around them are treated. This will reinforce to them that every person big and small is valued, listened to, given time and support to express their wishes, that there are ground rules that are consistent, and that there are firm but fair consequences for unacceptable behaviours.

  • All of our staff members are trained and skilled in understanding children’s development and how to deal appropriately with the many minor behaviour incidents that are likely to arise. Staff members act as positive role models by being considerate to each other, especially in how they speak.

  • Ratios are strictly adhered to; this ensures that the children are appropriately supervised and supported at all times helping to avoid behaviour escalating.
  • We provide consistent staff members in each room to care for the children thus ensuring that children and staff create a bond and children are able ask staff to assist them if they are struggling to master a task or to communicate their wish or need.

  • Where necessary, we may seek additional advice or support from relevant professional services, e.g. Clare County Childcare Committee; the public health nurse in our district; or the lead professional from CEIS where a child has a diagnosed additional need.

Negative methods of behaviour management will never be carried out on any child attending Bridge Kids. We try to avoid the words no and don’t and prefer to use words such as Please, can you, etc.

For clarity of all the following negative methods of behaviour managed is never used

  • Corporal punishment (e.g. smacking, hitting, shaking)

  • Disrespectful or degrading (e.g. mocking or shaming, telling them that they are bad).

  • Refusing to respond when they ask a question, refusing to help when asked

  • Using a mocking nickname rather than the child’s name

  • Exploitation (e.g. use of older children to mind younger children in place of an adult)

  • Intimidating (e.g. shouting at, using threatening words or actions)

  • Harmful or neglectful (e.g. isolating, withholding food or drinks, restricting their movement, showing favouritism, repeatedly ignoring, being cold towards, failing to reassure, comfort or support).

  • Or any other harmful form of managing behaviour

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