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 adult 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 and 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., HSE, 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 should be used. The bus should be checked before use to ensure that all seatbelts are in working order.

Emergency Procedures should 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 should 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 should be shared on the nature of the trip, destination, drop off /collection times, method of travel and expected time of arrival back.

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

Mission Statement


Bridge Kids is committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of all children who attend the service. The service uses recommendations made in the Dept of Health and Children publication "Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children" and acknowledges the rights and welfare of all children to be protected, treated with respect, listened to and have their own views taken into consideration.

We will also adhere to The Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012.

Our policy is to co-operate with TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency and An Garda Siochana. We will share records should a child welfare or protection issue arise with the appropriate authorities. Our policy is to co-operate with the TUSLA Children and Family Services and we will share records should a child welfare or protection issue arise with the appropriate authorities.

Principles of Best Practice in Child Protection


We acknowledge our corporate duty and responsibility to safeguard children by the following means

  • Promoting the general welfare, health, development and safety of children.

  • Adhere to all key legislation regarding Child Protection.
  • Adopting and consistently applying a safe and clearly defined method of recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers. We will ensure that all staff are carefully selected, trained, supervised and appropriately qualified and let parents and children know how to voice their concerns if there is anything they are not happy about.


  • All personnel working with children should undertake a Gardai Vetting form and a declaration code of behaviour form (see forms section)

  • We aim to raise awareness within the organisation about potential risks to children’s safety and welfare via our child protection policy and encouraging staff to take part in child protection awareness training.

  • Establishing policies and procedures and ensuring good record keeping.

  • Giving parents, children and workers information about what we do and what you expect from us (see code of behaviour and Parent / Guardian Involvement Policy).

  • Adopting reporting procedures to follow in any case of suspected child abuse.




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