Wednesday 17 December 2014

List will name and shame over standards

Published 25/05/2013 | 05:00

CRECHES providing unsatisfactory standards of care to children are to be named and shamed within the next few weeks. Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald has promised to publish online the 3,000 individual inspections of childcare facilities carried out by the HSE last year.

She said it would reassure parents and bring a new sense of transparency to the industry.

"It's a decision we've taken, it's the right decision and it will happen in the next few weeks," she said.

The minister said she wanted parents to feel that they were leaving their child in good hands when they went to work. Her words were backed up by Health Minister James Reilly, who expressed concern about issues raised in the planned RTE 'Prime Time' programme and said he had "no problem" with HSE inspection reports of creches being published.

The HSE Children and Family Services undertook 2,644 routine inspections, 478 review inspections and 243 complaint investigations of childcare facilities in 2012.

A HSE spokesperson said it has 45 creche inspectors who visit each establishment every 18-24 months.

The Health service says the three complaints - lodged with them anonymously last month, apparently by the RTE reporter, have been processed "in the usual way" in recent weeks.

The process is ongoing and the spokesperson said Children & Family Services.

Irish Independent

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