THERE are 89 creches in operation in North Cork and, by the end of next month, all inspection reports will be put on line, which will ensure greater transparency.
That was the view of Dermot Halpin of the HSE's Children & Family Services at the Regional Health Forum meeting at County Hall last Thursday.
He said the HSE has been notified of 1,093 Early Years services operating in the southern region. He said 338 of these operate a full day service.
He said in 2011 there were 745 first and annual inspections carried out by the HSE South, and in 2012 there were 612 inspections, and from January to March of this year there were 138 inspections.
He said the general practice is that for existing services all inspections are unannounced except first inspections.
In North Cork in 2011 there were 54 inspections, and in 2012 there were 70 inspections. In the first quarter of 2013, there 18 inspections.
Regarding follow up visits, in 2011 there were 15 made by inspectors and in 2012 there were three made.
In the HSE South region, he said there were eight inspectors as well as 10 assistants.
At the forum meeting, Cllr Timmy Collins (Ind) noted: "Before, we had big problems with the nursing homes and now it's the crèches. Children must be properly taken of."