Your Child Is in Great Hands
We aim to provide quality, affordable pre-school education and care to children aged 2yrs and 8 months to 5½ years, under the ECCE scheme in the local community.
Our vision is to provide children with the best start in life by providing a safe, developmentally appropriate, inclusive environment where children and staff are listened to and respected. We strive to work in partnership with parents, through a culture of listening, to enable everyone to achieve their true potential. We are building a successful learning community which celebrates diversity. We will be welcoming, friendly, respectful, thoughtful and supportive in providing a home-from-home where we can grow and learn together.
In an atmosphere of mutual respect, we provide a high quality, safe, developmentally appropriate rich and diverse environment, where we encourage children to experience, interact and explore the world around them at their own pace. We are committed to training and development of our staff to provide only the best care and education for all children in our care. We celebrate diversity and provide equal opportunities for all. Our goal is to support children's desire to be life-long learners.
Health & Safety Statement
We are committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of all children, families and staff attending the service. We believe that children need a safe secure environment to explore and discover the world around them and measures need to be in place in order to safeguard their health and safety. Our Health & Safety Policy is underpinned by:
The Childcare Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016
Fire Services Act 1981 & 2003
Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act, 2005
Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 and the Children First Act 2015
Building Regulations 1997 - 2006
Child Safeguarding Statement
We are committed to safeguarding the children in our care and to providing a safe environment in which they can play, learn and develop. We are committed to child centered practice in all our work with children and fully comply with Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 and the Children First Act 2015.
We recognise the equal right of all 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 as outlined within this policy
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 outlined within this policy
Our guiding principles and procedures to safeguard children and young people reflect current national policy and legislation and we review our guiding principles and Child Safeguarding Procedures every 2 years, or when necessary, whichever comes first. Our guiding principles apply to everyone in our setting.
Our complete Child Safeguarding Statement can be accessed here. It is also on display on our notice board.
If you have any child welfare concerns please contact our Designated Liaison Person: Ann-Marie Healy on 087 138 0894 or our Deputy Designated Liaison Person: Jennifer Byrne on 085 831 2929.
In an emergency, if the child is in immediate danger, call Ennis Garda Station on 065 684810