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Medical Assistance Policy (Regulation 7)


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Medical Assistance Policy (Regulation 7)

It is the policy of Bridge Kids not to administer medicine; however in the case of children with special needs this may be reviewed.

In the event that medication must be administered, the following procedures should be followed at all times.

  1. Written permission must be obtained from the parent. The appropriate form to complete is the “permission to give medication form”.

  2. Medicine should be appropriately stored, for example fridge item / cool dry place, it should be under lock and key or on a high shelf to ensure that children cannot access it.

  3. The expiry date should be checked when receiving medication from a parent and when administering the medication.

  4. Parents should be notified if the medication is out of date and must not be accepted

  5. The correct dosage, time and number of times for administering medication should be checked with the parent when the parent is completing the form. “As needed” is not acceptable on a form.

  6. Staff members should check with the parents / guardians the time and amount of the previous dose of medication which may have been given prior to drop off.

  7. Staff members should also check the pharmacy instructions (label) on the bottle / jar and ensure the child’s name is on the label.

  8. The staff member who reviews the details on the form and signs is responsible for updating co-workers through communication procedure of that room.

  9. A second person must double check the dosage and time and be present during the administration of the medication.

  10. The child should be identified clearly.

  11. Both staff members must sign the form as a witness.

In the event that administration of prescription medicines requires technical or medical knowledge, then individual training should be provided for staff members. Training is specific to the individual child concerned.

  1. Staff members should be informed of the indicators of when to administer the drug, e.g.) anaphylactic shock, hypoglycaemia.

  2. Staff should be trained an instructed on how to administer the drug

  3. Training may be necessary by the child’s practitioner

  4. A staff member who is trained in the administration of the drug must be present at all times that the child is present.

  5. A first aider will be on the premises at all times.

Out of School Collection & Drop off Policy

The purpose of this policy is to safe guard all children in our out of school services through detailed procedures on school collections and drop offs.

A list of names of all children who avail of the collection and drop of service will be given to the school with a list of staff / volunteers names that are authorised to collect the children.

The staff members who collect the children will show proof of identify in the form of a photo ID with Bridge Kids logo’s.

Inline with our child protection policies, two members of staff will be present at collection and drop off time.

We ask that parents inform us should their children be absent from school so there is no confusion at collection time.

As the departure of children from the local school is outside of our control, we ask parents to speak with their child/ children to ask them when departing school to make their way to the front of the building where a staff member will collect them. Please communicate this clearly particularly in the first instances of collection until children are familiar of the meeting point.

Food and Nutritional Meals Policy

At Bridge Kids we offer nutritional snacks and hot meals for the children in our care. We are aware of the importance of maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet for children. With this in mind a variety of food choices are available following the food pyramid. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated where possible, so please inform Siobhan if you have any special request such as Gluten or Dairy Free or if your child has any specific allergies.

For break times and lighter snacks area available. Examples of light snacks and main meals are detailed below:

  • Organic yoghurt, sliced apple and strawberries

  • Toast fingers & crackers or rice cakes

  • Sliced banana, cheese, sultanas and raisins

  • Fruit bowl – orange/pear/apple/berries/melon/grapes

  • Cucumber / carrot / celery sticks.

  • Cheese and Tomato slices

  • Bean with toast fingers

  • Fresh cheese/ham/chicken sandwiches/wraps/pita pockets/toasties/panini’s

Hot meal choices

  • Turkey Pie

  • Vegetable Pasta Bake

  • Beef Casserole & Rice

  • Tuna Pasta Bake

  • Chicken Fricasse & Rice

  • Lamb Hotpot & Mashed Potato

  • Beef Pasta Bake

  • Pork Mixed Veg & Apricot with Potato

  • Cod Provencal & Rice

  • Lamb Cassoulait & Potato

  • Beef Pilaf

  • Broccoli & Corn Pasta Bake

  • Mild Beef Curry & Rice

  • Creamy Fish Pie

  • Mexican Chicken & Rice

  • Hungarian Goulash & Potato

  • Pasta Bolognaise

  • Mild chicken / beef curry & basmati rice

  • Italian Fish Pie

  • Chicken and Vegetable Carbonara

  • Homemade Beef Meatball served with Mediterranean vegetables and cous cous.

  • Fresh Fish Gougons and homemade wedges.

A list of all allergens is available in main reception and in the kitchen.


The fire fighting equipment is professionally checked twice a year. Fire drill instructions are displayed throughout the Crèche. A fire drill is carried out AND recorded once a month.

All persons present should be aware of the Fire Evacuation procedure, how to raise the alarm, how to evacuate safely, where to assemble, how to conduct a role call etc. This information will be provided to all personnel onsite working with children on first day of employment in the way of induction training.


It is the policy of the service to ensure a safe, clean and hygienic environment for children in attendance at all times. This will help prevent the risk of spreading germs and infections and good housekeeping will prevent risks of trips / falls / accidents. A clean environment will be maintained and recorded using a daily log sheet which will be signed and filed accordingly.

  • All Equipment is checked regularly for breakages and replaced where necessary.

  • All electrical sockets are covered by safety plugs and trailing wires avoided to prevent shock and trip hazards.

  • Cleaning materials will not be stored where children have access and will be locked or stored separately and appropriately.

  • Children are encouraged to join in with the clean up, ie putting coats and toys away, washing hands before lunch etc, to help further promote a clean environment and raise awareness of practical life skills.

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