Team


Child and adult protection

Last updated Principle and statement of intent In Bumbles Day Care the welfare of the children in our care is paramount. We are committed to creating an environment in which children are safe from abuse, and in which any suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to. At Bumbles […]


Whistleblowing

Last updated PRINCIPLE & STATEMENT OF INTENT Bumbles Day Care is committed to providing a professional and quality service to safeguard children placed in our care. Our dedicated staff team recognise that they are in a relationship of trust with the children in our care and are committed to abiding […]


Video and photography

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This policy has been formed following the guidelines and principles in the: Our Duty to Care (ODTC) – Principles of Good Practice for the protection of children and young people published by Volunteer Now, fifth edition 2009, updated April 2011 (supported by DHSSPS) […]


Transport

Last updated Principle and statement of intent At Bumbles Day Care a transport service is offered which enables children to be left to and collected from school. In addition, we offer a holiday programme and organise outings in the local area and also to places of interest which involves using […]


Statement of Purpose

Last updated Our Vision is to provide excellence in Childcare. Our team at Bumbles aim to provide all children with quality care in a homely, safe and stimulating environment making Bumbles Day Care a place for living, learning and growing up in. Our Values Child Focused – We are child […]


Sleep and rest

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This policy has been formed following the guidelines and principles in the: The Children (NI) Order 1995 – This specifies that the welfare of the child is paramount. The role and the responsibility of parents to care for their children is emphasized.Department of […]


Settling In

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This policy has been formed following the guidelines and principles in the: The Children (NI) Order 1995 – This specifies that the welfare of the child is paramount. The role and the responsibility of parents to care for their children is emphasised. Department […]


Security

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care has a commitment to the children, families, staff and volunteers who are in our care/involved in our setting to ensure that safety is of utmost priority. Policy The setting has implemented this policy to ensure management and staff have the […]


Records management

Last updated Principle and statement of intent In accordance with guidelines supplied by the DHSPSSNI, Bumbles Day Care adopts the following schedule in the keeping and disposal of all records. Please find below a general guideline to many of the different records that Bumbles Day Care is required to keep. The left column outlines […]


Partnership with parents and carers

Last updated Principle and statement of intent The principle behind our Partnership with Parents and Carers Policy is taken from the Policy for Early Years Provision in NI (1994) which states that: “Parents are the first educators of their children and should be involved at all stages in their education […]


Outings and community

Last updated Principle and statement of intent At Bumbles Day Care, to encourage learning, with parental permission, we try as often as we can to take the children out of the day care environment. Trips to the park, library and shops give them extra knowledge and help to develop their […]


Outdoor play

Last updated Principle and statement of intent At Bumbles Day Care we believe outdoor play is an integral part of the curriculum. Outdoor play is essential for all aspects of a child’s development. It can provide children with experiences which enable them to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. In […]


Observation, record keeping and assessment

Last updated Principle and statement of intent At Bumbles Day Care we aim to offer a learning programme that uses planned play activities that allow children to grow and to develop the skills they will need to become confident and independent, and to reach their full potential. In forming this […]


Medical Administration

Last updated Principle and statement of intent In accordance with principles of good practice, it is Bumbles Day Care’ policy that all medicines given to children in our care are only administered by either a member of staff who holds NVQ Level III in childcare or equivalent, or with appropriate […]


Manual Handling

Last updated Principle and statement of intent The health, safety and welfare of all the people who work or attend Bumbles Day Care are of fundamental importance. Lifting is an inevitable part of a typical day in a childcare setting. Lifting children, picking up toys and carrying toy boxes are […]


Managing children’s behaviour

Last updated Principle and statement of intent The standards and principles of our policy take into account the U.N Convention on Rights of the Child which states “that the child should be fully prepared to live an individual life in society, and brought up in the spirit of the ideals […]


Lost or missing child

Last updated Principle and statement of intent At Bumbles Day Care children’s safety is maintained as the highest priority at all times, and we have written policies to ensure the security and safety of children in our care. These policies include: Arrival & Departure, General Health & Safety, Outings & […]


Learning through fun and play

Last updated Principle & statement of intent At Bumbles Day Care we believe that children, as individuals, learn through play that is well-planned and pleasurable. Play is a vital part of childhood and is necessary for every child’s healthy development. Play supports children to move through each stage of their […]


Intimate Care

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This policy has been formed following the guidelines and principles in the: U.N Convention on Rights of the Child – This emphasises the child’s right to protection from harm and the provision of adequate services and participation in all matters that concerns him/her.The […]


Infection Control

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles recognises the importance of infection control within our settings and in formulating this policy we have followed DHSS guidelines. All of the staff at Bumbles are committed to creating an environment for children and adults alike that is free from infection. The […]


Heuristic Play

Last updated Policy and statement of intent This approach to children’s learning around the age of two has been developed and practised by Elinor Goldschmied in collaboration with childcare workers in England, Scotland, Italy and Spain. A favourable book review in “Nursery World” on “People Under Three – Young Children […]


Healthy eating (Diet and nutrition)

Last updated Principle and statement of intent The U.N Convention on Rights of the Child article 24 (e) states – that all segments of society, in particular parents and children, are informed, have access to education and are supported in the use of basic knowledge of child health and nutrition, […]


General health and safety

Last updated Principle and statement of intent The health, safety and welfare of all the people who work or attend Bumbles Day Care are of fundamental importance. We aim to provide a healthy, safe and stimulating environment in which to work and play. Good health habits that are developed early […]


General data protection regulations (GDPR)

Last reviewed Principle and statement of intent GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation came into effect on 25 May 2018, and replaced the Data Protection Act of 1998. Bumbles Day Care is fully committed to complying with the new regulations and we have undertaken a review and assessment of our […]


Fire and evacuation

Last updated Principle and statement of intent The standards and principles take into account:- HSENI (The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland) states – all employers in Northern Ireland have a legal duty to make the workplace safe and eliminate or control risks to health. The Fire & Rescue […]


Equal opportunities

Last updated Principle & Statement of Intent Our Equality Policy is inclusive of the whole community of Bumbles Day Care – children, staff, parents/carers, volunteers and visitors, with whom we have engaged and who are actively involved in the setting. Policy This policy clearly sets out how our practice and […]


Emergency

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This policy has been formed following the guidelines and principles in the: Getting it Right – standards of practice for the protection of children and young people, published by Volunteer Now third edition Aug 2009, updated Feb 2011 (funded by DHSSPS) Department of […]


E-safety and multimedia

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This policy has been formed following the guidelines and principles in the: Our Duty to Care (ODTC) – Principles of Good Practice for the protection of children and young people published by Volunteer Now, fifth edition 2009, updated April 2011 (supported by DHSSPS) […]


Cookies

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care uses cookies to gather aggregated and anonymous information from our web traffic to analyse and make improvements based upon gathered page visits, most popular pages etc. All information is stored securely and never sold or leased or sold to third […]


Confidentiality

Last updated Principle and statement of intent At Bumbles Day Care it is our intention to respect the privacy of children, their parents/carers. Any information obtained by Bumbles staff about any child or their parent/carer attending Bumbles Day Care will be treated in a confidential manner and passed on to […]


Complaints

Last updated Principle and statement of intent At Bumbles Day Care, we aim to provide a stimulating, safe environment for all children. We are committed to delivering the highest standard of care and to foster good relationships with all parents and carers. We aim to provide a service that is […]


Code of conduct

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This Code is intended as a guide to indicate the standards of conduct and accountability which are expected of all staff and volunteers of Bumbles Day Care. Care Supervise the children at all times Be aware of the children’s safety and needs Ensure […]


Children with additional needs

Last updated Principle and statement of intent In formulating this policy re refer to the following principles: U.N Convention on Rights of the Child article 23 states that – Parties recognise that a mentally or physically disabled child should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, […]


Child and adult illness

Last updated Principle and statement of intent In formulating this policy re refer to the following principle: U.N Convention on Rights of the Child article 24 states that – “Children have the right to be as healthy as possible, live and play in a safe healthy unpolluted environment and benefit […]


Babysitting

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care does not provide a babysitting service outside of our operational hours. However, we understand that sometimes parents/carers will approach staff to babysit their children and this policy has been implemented to provide clarification on some points regarding any private arrangements […]


Arrivals and departures

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care arrival and departure policy has been adopted to support the safety and wellbeing of the children in our care. We will give a warm and friendly welcome to each child on arrival and ensure they depart safely at the end […]


Anti-Bullying

Last updated Principle and statement of intent At Bumbles Day Care we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our children. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in our Nursery, PlayStation or Kids club. Children and parents should be assured that they will be […]


Admission

Last updated Principle and statement of intent In line with the Early Years Organisation’s (EYO) policy statement on admissions, at Bumbles Day Care we admit “children from all cultural, religious and financial backgrounds and also welcome children with disabilities and learning difficulties”. At Bumbles Day Care we are committed to […]


Absence of Manager

To ensure the smooth running of Bumbles Day Care at all times, it is important to identify the procedure for dealing with absences of the Manager.


Timekeeping

Last reviewed Principle and statement of intent Your normal hours of work are detailed in your Statement of Main Terms of Employment; it is your responsibility to ensure that you attend punctually for work and follow all timekeeping and absence procedures. In order to help us maintain optimum service levels, […]


Time in lieu

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care recognises that a flexible approach to the arrangement of working hours supports operational efficiency whilst ensuring personal circumstances of employees are taken in to account. On occasions, the hours worked by Bumbles Day Care employees may exceed contracted hours. This […]


Termination of employment

Last updated Principle and statement of intent By You – If you wish to resign, you should do so in writing giving such notice as is specified in your Statement of Main Terms of Employment. By Bumbles Day Care – You will be entitled to receive from Bumbles Day Care […]


Statuatory time off

Last updated Parental leave You are entitled to (unpaid ) parental leave as follows if you: Are a parent of a child born or placed for adoption on or after 15th December 1999 – If you have 1 year’s service with Bumbles Day Care you are entitled to up to […]


Staff induction

Last updated Principle and statement of intent At Bumbles Day Care the management team will normally carry out a 2 week induction for all new staff and volunteers. This ensures that every member of our team is fully aware of Bumbles’ Vision, Purpose and Values, our Policies and Procedures, our […]


Social media, email and internet security

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This policy applies to all Bumbles Day Care staff including its director, contractors, part-time and fixed-term employees, secondees, temporary staff, casual staff, agency staff and volunteers. This policy does not form part of your terms and conditions of employment and Bumbles Day Care […]


Shortage of work

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Every attempt will be made to ensure your continuing employment in the event that Bumbles Day Care is faced with a shortage of work situation or is unable to provide you with work for any other reason. However, this could include temporarily placing […]


Rules and procedures

Last updated Principle & statement of intent It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the following rules and procedures. Any breaches will result in disciplinary action including dismissal. If you have any concerns or require clarification on any issue(s), please raise them with management. Bumbles Day Care may need […]


Risk assessment

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This policy has been formed following the guidelines and principles in the: Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) Bumbles Day Care aims to ensure that all our environments, activities, trips and outings, materials […]


Redundancy

Last updated Principle and statement of intent It is the aim of Bumbles Day Care to provide security of employment for its employees and to avoid redundancies. However, it is recognised that circumstances may arise when the number of employees exceeds requirements and steps may have to be taken to […]


Recruitment and selection

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This policy has been formed following the guidelines and principles in the: Getting it Right – standards of practice for the protection of children and young people, published by Volunteer Now third edition Aug 2009, updated Feb 2011 (funded by DHSSPS) standard 2 […]


Pregnancy and maternity

Last updated Principle and statement of intent You have certain statutory rights if you are pregnant. These are addressed below, listing what conditions must be met for you to be entitled to the rights. To obtain the benefit of each right, you must have complied with all of the conditions. […]


Personal details

Last updated Principle and statement of intent At the commencement of your employment you will have notified us with various personal details. You must notify Bumbles Day Care immediately of any change, e.g. name, address, telephone number, next of kin, and bank details. It is in your interest to notify […]


Performance review, development and training

Last updated Principle and statement of intent The aim of this policy is to provide a Performance Appraisal Scheme for staff and volunteers that has a structured process to assess performance, set agreed objectives and identify and address development needs. At Bumbles Day Care we recognise the importance of lifelong […]


Pay & Review

Last updated Principle and statement of intent The method of pay and payment intervals is set out in your Statement of Main Terms of Employment. An itemised pay statement will be issued to you at each pay period. If at any time you have any queries, you should raise them […]


Paternity

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Following the birth of a child, male employees (fathers only), or following placement for adoption (either gender), you will be eligible to take paid leave to care for the child or support the mother or adopter if you meet all of the following […]


Other Absenses

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Appointments You are normally expected to ensure that appointments to visit the doctor, dentist, hospital, etc. are made in your own time and outside normal working hours. In the event that this is not reasonably practicable, time off work will be permitted to […]


Nursery and garden flow

To avoid a large gathering of children in any one place at any given time, thus minimising the risk of accidents and ensuring maximum consideration to health and safety at all times.


No Smoking

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care is committed to creating healthy work environments which are free of smoke and protect the health and wellbeing of staff and visitors. This smoking policy complies with The Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 and prohibits smoking on company premises and […]


Mobile Phones

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care aims to safeguard all staff and children who use our facilities. This policy has been produced in line with the Department of Health & Social Services NI – Childminding & Day Care for children under 12 Minimum Standards published in […]


Making a Protected Disclosure

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care is committed to the highest standards of openness, integrity and accountability. An important aspect of accountability and transparency is a mechanism to enable staff and other members of the group to voice concerns in a responsible and effective manner. It […]


Job Share

Last updated Principle and statement of intent A “job share” is where two individuals on the same grade carry out the full range of duties and responsibilities associated with one full time post. This usually occurs when an existing member of staff wishes to work on a part time basis, […]


Holidays

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Your holiday entitlement is set out in your Statement of Main Terms of Employment together with all the conditions which you must follow in taking any holiday. All holidays must have received prior authorisation (as set out in your Statement) and you should […]


Health and Safety Statement

Last updated The health, safety and welfare of all the people who work or attend Bumbles Day Care are of fundamental importance. We aim to provide a healthy, safe and stimulating environment in which to work and play. Good health habits that are developed early in life are likely to […]


Grievance

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care is committed to creating a culture of openness and transparency which encourages issues to be dealt with informally in the first instance. The purpose of this policy is to provide the opportunity for staff to formally raise an individual grievance, […]


Flexible Working

Last updated Principle and statement of intent If you have children under six or disabled children aged under eighteen or if you are a carer of an adult who is in need of care in certain specified situations you will have the right to apply to work flexibly, providing you […]


Equal Opportunities

Last updated Principle & Statement of Intent Our Equality Policy is inclusive of the whole community of Bumbles Day Care – children, staff, parents/carers, volunteers and visitors, with whom we have engaged and who are actively involved in the setting. Policy This policy clearly sets out how our practice and […]


Display and celebrations

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This policy should be read in conjunction with Bumbles Equal Opportunities Policy and all displays and celebrations should reflect the content of this policy. Displays should be all inclusive and should not be able to cause offence or make anyone feel uncomfortable to […]


Disciplinary and dismissal

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care is committed to creating a culture of openness and transparency which encourages issues to be dealt with informally in the first instance. Disciplinary rules and procedures for misconduct Objective The objective of this procedure is to give employees the opportunity […]


Data Protection Guidelines

Last updated Principle and statement of intent GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation came into effect on 25 May 2018, and replaced the Data Protection Act of 1998. Following GDPR guidelines Bumbles Day Care will ensure that personal data is processed fairly and lawfully and collected for specified, explicit and […]


Communication

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Effective communication is a vital part of creating and maintaining a safe and efficient workplace environment. How we interact with not only the children in our care, but our colleagues, management and the parents of the children enrolled in Bumbles Day Care will […]


Code of Conduct

Last updated Principle and statement of intent This Code is intended as a guide to indicate the standards of conduct and accountability which are expected of all staff and volunteers of Bumbles Day Care. Care Supervise the children at all times Be aware of the children’s safety and needs Ensure […]


Anti-Bullying

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care fully supports the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, attain and hold employment without discrimination. Bumbles Day Care believes every person has the right to be treated with respect and dignity and is committed to promoting a good […]


Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Alcohol and substance misuse can have a detrimental effect upon your health, it can adversely influence your work performance and your relationships with colleagues and customers. It can result in reduced efficiency and absenteeism. Bumbles Day Care has a duty towards and is […]


Adverse Conditions / Winter

Last updated Principle and statement of intent Bumbles Day Care considers that during severe weather conditions, e.g. snow, flooding or if there is a power/heating problem, the health and safety of children, parents/carers, staff and volunteers will be our main priority. Bumbles has implemented this policy to ensure management and […]


Adoptive Parents

You have certain statutory rights if you are adopting a child. These are addressed in turn below; listing what conditions must be met for you to be entitled to the rights. To obtain benefit of each right, you must have complied with all of the conditions. The rules on Adoption leave and pay are very complex and any query should be raised with Bumbles Management team.


Access to Medical Reports

Last updated Principle and statement of intent ​In certain circumstances it may be necessary for Bumbles Day Care to obtain a Medical Report from your Doctor/Specialist in order to ​establish:- reason for and likely duration of absence when you will be able to return to work, and whether the problem […]


Absence management

Effective management of absence is crucial to the effective and efficient operation of Bumbles Day Care. High levels of sickness within Bumbles may have a detrimental effect on the quality of service provided and place an added burden on employees remaining at work.