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Sunday 17 December 2017

Infection-prevention measures lacking, garda vetting not in place

Signage for the Little Harvard Creche, Montessori and Afterschool in Rathnew Co Wicklow.
Pic Frank McGrath
Signage for the Little Harvard Creche, Montessori and Afterschool in Rathnew Co Wicklow. Pic Frank McGrath
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

THREE childcare facilities run by Little Harvard were the subject of negative findings in separate HSE inspection reports.

The creches are located at Ballycoolin in west Dublin and Rathnew and Bray in Co Wicklow.

The Rathnew branch, which was the subject of the RTE documentary, was inspected in November 2011 and found to have a "disorganised" environment with staff members "vague" about activities planned for the day.

There were also issues with vetting of staff, cleaning, ventilation and a lack of measures in place to prevent the spread of infection.

The company's Ballycoolin branch was inspected in January 2011, and was found to have an insufficient number of adults working at certain times; evidence of garda vetting was not in place for three staff; there was some concerns about rooms being kept at too high a temperature; and there were gaps in record-keeping.

A third creche in Bray was inspected in July 2012 and was found to be compliant with the regulations. However, there were a "small number" of infringements, including references for four staff members not being validated, and concern was expressed about a lack of sleeping facilities for children.

Little Harvard said it could not access the files as they were held in each of the three creches, but said any observations or recommendations made by the HSE were "acted upon immediately by the managers and staff".

Irish Independent

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