Saturday 20 January 2018

Father's fury at creche after tots walked out

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THE father of a child who attends a creche where two toddlers wandered out on to the street has said it is a "kick in the teeth" for parents who placed their trust in the creche operators.

He said many parents had given Giraffe creche in Belarmine, south Dublin, the "benefit of the doubt" after RTE's 'Prime Time' raised allegations of mistreatment.

"The creche has confirmed that the children had in effect crossed the road to the grass at the front of the creche, which is obviously very alarming.

"This is a kick in the teeth for parents who interacted with Giraffe and gave them the benefit of the doubt before. While I'm sure there have been some changes in the way children are treated and handled, this is even more fundamental – it's safety."

He said the road in front of the creche, which is an internal road within the Belarmine residential complex, is where parents park when dropping off and collecting their children.

He added that while it is approached by a steep bend meaning motorists cannot drive fast, it is also bordered by some shrubbery which could make spotting a child in time difficult.

"You could wheel around and hit a child dead," said the worried father.

The two toddlers left the premises by themselves during a visit by an animal handler who had brought a visiting farm to the creche. A gate had been left open allowing the children to wander outside.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, the father said that after the latest incident he and his wife wanted to remove their daughter.

"If anything was ever to happen to my daughter in the future we would have no one else to blame but ourselves."

A spokeswoman for the creche denied that the alarm was raised by a local resident who found the two children outside the creche and said staff were already searching for them.

Irish Independent

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