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'Dirty and broken toys, inadequately supervised children' - Cork crèche denies childcare breaches

Published 29/07/2013 | 13:51

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A STATE-of-the-art creche only opened in 2008 is being prosecuted for eight breaches of childcare regulations.

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Tiny Tots Creche in Killeagh, Co Cork has denied the eight breaches which were detailed by Health Service Executive (HSE) inspectors during a seven hour visit on November 22 2012.

Creche owner Hazel O'Mahony is vehemently contesting the prosecution before Midleton District Court.

The HSE allegations include that dirt and dust was found on radiators and children's toys within the creche, that children were not adequately supervised during a 30 minute period, that the creche door was left unlocked, that broken toys were in the outside garden and that food was left unrefrigerated.

The HSE also claim that cleaning products were left within reach of children and that, in one of three unlocked drawers accessible to youngsters, there was a metal rod and a washer which posed a chocking risk.

These claims are denied by the creche.

A HSE inspector also said they were informed on arrival at the creche at 10.20am on November 22 that six named staff were on duty.

However, it emerged that five staff were present with a sixth person arrived after 11am.

Frank Buttimer, counsel for Ms O'Mahony, said that the HSE had applied "a regimented" approach to the inspection of a creche which is a purpose designed facility only opened in 2008.

Mr Buttimer also said that 30 parents will be offering testimonials to the court as to the high standard of childcare and their happiness with the operation of the Tiny Tots facility.

The case, which is being heard before Judge John O'Neill, is expected to continue tomorrow

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