Our Mission Statement
Pembroke Montessori is committed to providing a Montessori curriculum which considers the emotional, intellectual, social and physical development of the child by addressing the uniqueness of each in a nurturing, emotionally secure and academically excellent environment.
Our objective is to establish within a child the intellectual, emotional, and physical rigor needed to become a self-directed learner, flexible thinker, creative problem solver, and support their ever-increasing curiosity about the world in which they live.
Our Aims are:
To maintain an environment which will develop within each child a feeling of self-acceptance and esteem;
• To provide an atmosphere which promotes respect and concern for all individuals;
• To provide stimulating materials and guidance in the use of these materials which will enable each child to realise his full potential;
• To extend early home experiences in an environment planned through living and learning with peers;
• To provide opportunities for exploration and creativity;
• To foster basic health patterns in daily living;
• To provide an attitude of appreciation for the material world in which we live;
• To encourage rational thinking, fair-play, self reliance and individual freedom and responsibility;
• To respect each child’s individuality and promote attitudes, interests and understandings which will enable him to be a happy, secure contributing member of society
Child Safeguarding Statement
1. NAME OF SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES PROVIDED
Pembroke Montessori is a registered pre-school providing the following services for children ages 2.5 years - 12 years:
The management structure is:
2. COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN FROM HARM
Pembroke Montessori is committed to safeguarding the children in our care and to providing a safe environment in which they can play, learn and develop.
Pembroke Montessori believes that the welfare of the children attending our school is paramount. We are committed to a child-centred practice in all our work with children.
We are committed to upholding the rights of every child and young person who attends our school, including the right to be kept safe and protected from harm, listened to and heard.
Our policy and procedures to safeguard children and young people reflect national policy and legislation and are underpinned by Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, DCYA, 2017, Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Practice and Procedure, Tusla, 2018, and the Children First Act 2015.
Our policy declaration applies to all paid staff, volunteers and students on work placement within our organisation. All staff, volunteers and students must sign up to and abide by the policies, procedures and guidance encompassed by this policy declaration and our child safeguarding policy and accompanying procedures.
We will review our child safeguarding statement and accompanying policies and procedures every two years or sooner, if necessary, due to service issues or changes in legislation or national policy.
Designated Liaison Person (DLP) for Child Protection
DLP - Aimee Lynch
Deputy DLP - Sinead Coleman
3. RISK ASSESSMENT
In accordance with the Children’s First Act 2015, Pembroke Montessori has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the service or participating in service activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the service procedures for managing those procedures is summarised below.
Risk Identified Policies and/or Procedures in place to manage risk
Recruitment of Staff and Contractors Garda Vetting Policy, Recruitment Policy, Induction Policy
Garda Vetting frequency Garda Vetting Policy
Collection of children Collections and Arrivals Policy
Settling-In to school in a way that suitable to the individual child Settling-In Policy
Children kept away from harm/strangers on outings Outings Policy
Staff have genuine care & concern for all children in their care Key Worker policy
Children have been fed properly and slept well Healthy Eating Policy, Rest and Sleep Policy, Partnership with Parents Policy
Appropriate plans in place in the event of absent staff Absence Cover Policy
4. CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
As required by the Children’s First Act, 2015, and Children’s First National Guidance for Protection and Welfare of Children, 2017 the following safeguarding policies/procedures/measures are in place
Procedure to maintain a list of mandated persons under the Children’s First Act, 2015
A relevant person has been appointed
A DLP and Deputy have been appointed
Child Protection and Welfare Reporting Procedures
Policy for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse or Neglect Against Employees
Procedure for Managing Child Protection Records
Garda Vetting Policy
All staff have attended Always Children First Child Protection Training
Staff have access to regular Supervision and Support in line with the service policy
Policy for Managing Outings
Policy for Managing Accidents and Incidents
Internet and Multi Media Management Policy
Collections and Arrivals Policy
Garda Vetting Policy
Absence Cover Policy
Key Worker Policy
Settling In Policy
5. IMPLENTATION AND REVIEW
We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our school is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the accompanying child safeguarding policies and procedure that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our service.
This statement will be reviewed every two years or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
This statement been published on the school website and is displayed in the service. It has been provided to all staff, volunteers and any other persons involved with the service. It is readily available to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this statement will be made available to Tusla if requested.
1. Opening Statement
We respect your privacy and your rights to control your personal data and your child’s personal data. We will be clear about what data we collect and why we collect it. This privacy statement explains the personal information we collect from you, why we collect it, how we will use it and how we protect it. The reference to personal data in this privacy notice applies to the personal data of you and your child.
Pembroke Montessori collects personal data about you and your child in order to provide a care and education service to your child. By registering your child for our services at Pembroke Montessori you agree to the use of your personal information as described in this Statement.
Pembroke Montessori is a Controller of the personal data you (the data subject) provide us. We collect the following types of personal data from you, about you and your child:
• Personal Data: your child’s name, date of birth, parent/guardian names, your contact number, your address, contact details of adults authorised to collect your child and emergency contacts, PPS number and social welfare status, GP contact details, health insurance information.
• Sensitive Personal Data: health and medical needs of your child, dietary requirements, immunisation records.
2. Why We Collect Your Personal Data?
We use the personal data you share with us in the child enrolment form, so we can communicate with you, to provide care and education for your child, to provide appropriate care for your child in the event of a medical emergency and for the purposes of administration.
We will also ask for information about who has parental responsibility for your child and any court orders pertaining to this. We will also request information on adults authorised to collect your child. This is required to ensure the safety of your child while they are attending Pembroke Montessori.
Sensitive personal data includes medical information/instructions about your child, this would be required in case of emergency or if medication needs to be administered.
3. Sharing & Disclosure
We strive to keep yours and your child’s personal data safe and only share it when necessary. We recognise that parents have a right to know that the information they share with Pembroke Montessori is maintained confidentially. We only disclose your information as authorised in this Statement. We do not rent or sell your Personal Information to anyone. We may share your personal information with the third parties listed below.
Who We May Share Your Personal Information With:
• Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA)
• Pobal PIP System & Pobal Compliance Officers
• An Garda Síochána
• Tusla Early Years Inspectorate
• Health & Safety Authority
• National Employment Rights Authority
• The Revenue Commissioners
• Tusla - Child and Family Agency
• Padraic Smith Insurance
• Early Childhood Ireland
• Dublin City Childcare Committee
Protection of Named Service & others and Disclosures for Law Enforcement
Under certain circumstances Pembroke Montessori may be required to disclose your Personal Information in response to valid requests by public authorities to meet law enforcement requirements.
4. What we do with your data?
Your personal data is stored and processed in Pembroke Montessori located at 52 Pembroke Road.
5. How long we keep your personal data?
We are required to keep records relating to your child for a period of 2 years after your child has left our service. There may be a circumstance where data relating to your child is required to be held for a longer period of time. This will be outlined to you. In the event of an accident/incident personal data relating to your child will be held on file until your child is 21 years of age. After this period, your personal data will be irreversibly destroyed.
6. What are your rights?
We use appropriate technical, organisational and administrative security measures to protect all personal data we hold in our records and keep it secure. Unfortunately, no organisation can guarantee complete security.
Right of Access
Individuals have the right to access their personal data and supplementary information. Please use the Subject Access Request Form and contact the Owner/Manager at or in writing at 52 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. We will acknowledge your request and respond to you within 1 month.
Right to Rectification
Please advise the service of any changes in your or your child’s personal information, as soon as possible. Should you believe that any personal data we hold on you is incomplete or incorrect complete, you have the ability to request to see this information and have it rectified.
Right to Erasure
In certain circumstances, data subjects have the right to erasure of their data. Please contact the Owner/Manager at or in writing at 52 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. We will acknowledge your request and respond to you within 1 month. This is not an absolute right and only applies in certain circumstances.
Right to Restrict Processing
Individuals have the right to request the restriction or suppression of their personal data. Please contact the Owner/Manager at or in writing at 52 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. We will acknowledge your request and respond to you within 1 month. This is not an absolute right and only applies in certain circumstances.
Right to Object
You have the right to object and be removed from any direct marketing emails.
Right to be Informed
Right to Portability
Data subjects can ask that their personal data be transferred to them or a third party in machine readable format (Word, PDF, etc.). However, such requests can only be fulfilled if the data in question is: 1) provided by the data subject to the service, 2) is processed automatically and 3) is processed based on consent or fulfilment of a contract. An example of this would be if a parent wanted their child’s file sent to a new service.
In the event, that you wish to complain about how we have handled your personal data, please contact the Owner/Manager of Pembroke Montessori at or in writing at 52 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. The Owner/Manager will then investigate your complaint and work with you to resolve the matter.
If you still feel that your personal data has not been handled appropriately according to the law, you can contact Irish Data Protection Authority and file a complaint with them.