Tuesday 22 October 2019

Giraffe, Stepaside

Giraffe Creche in Stepaside
Giraffe Creche in Stepaside

Kevin Keane and  Grainne Cunningham

Parents whose children attend a creche under investigation by the gardai and the HSE have expressed mixed reactions, with at least one parent declaring she is removing her son from the facility.

The Giraffe creche in Belarmine, near Stepaside, south Dublin, is one of those under scrutiny following secretly filmed footage of childcare workers.

One mother outside the creche in Belarmine shed tears as she revealed that she plans to place her child elsewhere.

"The confidence is gone," she said, adding that her son really loved attending there.

However, one of the two suspended workers was his main carer, she said.

Most of the parents who spoke to the Irish Independent said they were concerned by the reports of sub-standard care, but most were adopting a wait-and-see approach to the investigation.

The father of one little girl said it was always hard to know what was happening to your child when you weren't there – whether it was with an au pair, a family member or at a creche.

Another father said he and his wife both worked and had to use a creche, but were worried by the revelations. However, they were waiting to hear the outcome. He said he was trying to avoid reacting emotionally.

Another man said he was "absolutely satisfied" with the standard of care his young son received in the creche.

And a mother said she was holding off on any decision about the creche until more information emerges.

"Until we know all the facts we have to be fair to everybody so we will have to see what comes out.

"Nobody likes this – but it's good that creches are being looked into, I often wonder about the smaller creches," she added.

Irish Independent

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