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REVIEW OF POLICIES and PROCEDURES



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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.

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


The convention stipulates the following general principles:

  • States shall ensure each child enjoys full rights without discrimination or distinctions of any kind

  • The child’s best interests shall be a primary consideration in all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social institutions, courts, administrative authorities or legislative bodies

  • Every child has the right to life and states shall ensure, to the maximum extent possible, child survival and development

  • Children have the right to be heard

The convention stipulates the following substantive provisions;

Civil rights and freedom



  • The right to a name and nationality

  • The right to a sense of identity

  • The right to freedom and expression

  • The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion

  • The right to freedom and association

  • The right to privacy

  • No child shall be subject to torture, or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment




Mission statement

“Bridge Kids”, a subsidiary of Sixmilebridge and District Community Complex Society Ltd. (T/A.The Bridge Complex), is committed to providing a quality service at affordable prices, so that all children, irrespective of class, creed or colour, in the area of Sixmilebridge and surrounding districts may have the opportunity to attend a preschool service, and that parents/guardians can avail of a homely, safe and friendly facility for their children.



Ráiteas fīse


Tá Bridge Kids” focomhlacht de “Sixmilebridge and District Community Complex Society Ltd.”an tugtha chun seirbhīs den scoth a chur a fáil ar phraghasanna atá in acmhainn ag daoine a īoc; Is ēsin go mbeidh páistī na dūiche Droichead Abhainn O gCearnaigh, an ceanta mórthimpeall ar, Cuma cēn aicme, dath agus creideamh, ábalta an deis a fháil freastal ar seirbhīs rēamhscolaīochta

Aims and Objectives


  • To ensure that each child is safe and happy

  • To encourage the child, and staff to be part of a sociable group- respecting others and respecting him/herself

  • To treat each child as an individual and appreciate the uniqueness of each child

  • To guide the child in the development of his/her senses, which are an integral part of the learning/development process

  • To ensure all staff receive appropriate training and support, and maintain high levels of practice

  • To encourage partnership with parents, in an effort to provide an integrated, balanced broad, stimulating program

  • To encourage, by means of outings and visits, an interaction with the wider community of Sixmilebridge and surrounding District.

Methodology

The principle methodology in use in this service is that of Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori Method encourages the child to develop and heighten his senses. Then, with the help of the specially designed Montessori materials, and the guidance of the Montessori teacher, the child uses these senses in math’s, language and cultural development. Each child works at his own pace with his own work, allowing him to grasp what is being presented to him, thus encouraging him to develop to his full potential, and become an independent, confident and sociable person. The Montessori Method not only gives a good educational base-it lays a foundation for life. In addition, we at Bridge Kids encourage the integration of different early year’s methodologies in a policy and procedures document involving consultation with parents, staff and management, and through constant observation and feedback from the children in our care.


"Early childhood is a significant and distinct time in life that must be nurtured, respected, valued and supported in its own right."

Síolta - The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education in Ireland. At Bridge Kids we are committed to ensuring the 16 standards outlined by Siolta are used as a benchmark in which we review the quality of all our practices. Bridge Kids have developed a portfolio on the 16 published standards which was submitted for a quality review / grade. We are one of the first crèches in the county to participate in this pilot programme before it is nationalised and this greatly influences our practices. We successfully achieved the highest award attainable in April 2013 and our service was graded as a level 4.

Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years. The word Aistear is the Irish word for journey and marks the beginning of the child’s learning journey. Aistear outlines the content of children’s learning and development using the four themes of Well-being, Identity and Belonging, Communicating, and Exploring and Thinking. Within each of these themes, there are aims and learning goals. We use the framework as a guide in helping us to create our care programmes which helps the children to learn and develop in a way that is fun but also challenging. At Bridge Kids we combine the framework with our Montessori practices using it to complement and extend our care programmes. For further information on Montessori please refer to our Montessori room section.

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 aim, as per our mission statement, is:

To provide a quality service at affordable prices, so that all children, irrespective of class, creed or colour, in the area of Sixmilebridge and surrounding districts may have the opportunity to attend a preschool and Out Of School service, and that parents/guardians can avail of a homely, safe and friendly childcare facility for their children.”

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 Childcare Committee and 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.





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