Child care policies

Healthy Eating Policy

Snack of fruit and rice cakes provided on arrival and a hot meal provided by our vegetarian restaurant Graze. We ask that you do not give your children sweets or treats to eat while at Youth Club.

Positive Behaviour Strategy

We aim to act as role models for positive behaviour. We have a Positive Behaviour Strategy that is outlined below. Communication is key to the implementation of the Strategy so please carefully read the aims listed below.

Equality and Social Inclusion

We operate an inclusive Club. At the Elbowroom Clinic, we have a team of Occupational and Speech and Language Therapists who can work in conjunction with Youth Club staff with children who have additional needs. We are a community-based project open to all people in the area we operate an open door policy for anybody interested in the services we offer.

Health and Safety

All our staff are First Aid trained. The floors in the studio are wooden and slippy. We ask that you provide slipper socks with grips or light indoor shoes to avoid falls and bumps. We discourage running in the studio at times outside of planned activities. Parents entering the building must keep younger siblings by their side at all times, out of respect for staff preparation, and more importantly as a safety precaution. We are not insured to cover un-­enrolled children.

Accident and Illness

In the event of accidents, an incident report will be completed and a copy was given for you to sign and keep. Minor bumps and scrapes will be responded to with appropriate care, TLC and a verbal report to parents at the end of the day. In the event of emergencies, our doctor on call is Catherine Mullen (Manor Street) or we contact emergency services and inform parents immediately. We are aware that children often have tummy upsets and fell unwell. We have a soft area for children to sit, relax and read in these times.  In the case of illness, parents will be contacted immediately and the child must be collected by an agreed adult.

Child Protection

As Childcare providers we have a Duty to Care for all children in the service. Our Child Protection Policy is available at all time in Youth Club and is available on request.

Partnership with Parents

We operate a Positive Behaviour Strategy outlined in our information for parents, that aims to keep workers in partnership with parents to guarantee the wellbeing of all children in the service.


All communication between Youth Club and parents regarding children is strictly confidential. We do not conduct written reports or observations. Any observation of children in the service is visual and should any sensitive issue arise it will be communicated verbally with parents.


Upon enrolment parents/guardians will be asked to fill out a form given the names/contact details of the person(s) that will be responsible for collecting a child. Only a parent or nominated guardian will be allowed to collect.

Suitable Clothing

For messy play and art projects, we ask that parents provide an oversize t-shirt to protect children’s clothing. As the floors in the studio are wooden we ask that you provide slipper-socks with grips or light indoor shoes to avoid falls and bumps. These will be kept in the studio at all times. Suitable outdoor gear will also be required for outdoor play.

Admissions Policy

Our service is open to all families in our community. Each child must be at least in junior infants when starting at the service Parents seeking to secure a place for their child must complete an enrolment form. Children will be admitted on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Staff Ratio

Our service operates 1:10 staff ratio.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.