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Naíonraí must adhere to the Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006 and comply with the policies set out in them. Further information is available from Tusla, The Child and Family Agency. Please find below a list of sample policies that can be downloaded and adapted to suit your own naíonra. These are sample templates, however, and should be used as a guide only. Naíonraí must ensure that the policies are appropriate to their specific setting.

Listed below are the compulsory policies that naíonraí are required to have in place:

  • Administration of Medicines
  • Behaviour Management Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Outings Policy
  • Sleep and Rest Policy

Naíonraí should place a particular emphasis on the procedures in place regarding Garda vetting and background checks as part of their Child Protection Policy. As part of the Outings Policy, emphasis should be given to the risk assessments in place for trips, the equipment and supplies that need to be brought, as well as the adult/child ratio.

Sample Policies

Sample Forms

Other Policies

The following is a list of other policies that may be required by naíonraí, some of them are key policies that all naíonraí should have. It is recommended that naíonraí carefully examine the list and put in place the policies that are relevant to their service as best practice.

  • Accidents and Incidents
  • Admissions
  • Antibullying
  • Arrival and Departure
  • Behaviour
  • CCTV
  • Child Collection
  • Children with additional special needs
  • Cleaning
  • Complaints
  • Confidentiality
  • Data Protection
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Fire Safety
  • Handwashing
  • Healthy Eating
  • Illness
  • Infection Control
  • Information Technology and Communications
  • Management
  • Nappy Changing and Toileting
  • Outdoor Play
  • Pest Control
  • Pets
  • Photos/Videos
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Security
  • Settling-in
  • Smoke-free Policy
  • Social Media
  • Staff Absences
  • Staff Training
  • Students/Volunteers
  • Sun Protection
  • Use of Audio-Visual Equipment
  • Working in Partnership with parents/caregivers