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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Quarter of crèches surveyed not inspected since 2011

A quarter of crèches and pre-schools surveyed by Early Childhood Ireland have not be inspected since 2011, the results of a new survey show.

The survey involved 1,078 respondents from crèches and pre-schools around the country and was conducted last week.

82pc of those questioned said they would welcome the results of inspections going online while 34pc submitted a right to reply in their most recent inspection report.

Many of those surveyed complained that they had not been offered the right to reply and 75pc said they would submit their right to reply before their inspection report going online.

“Given the fact that 25pc of respondents have not had an inspection visit since 2011, it is reasonable to assume that the service has changed in that time,” said Teresa Heeney, chief operations officers at Early Childhood Ireland.

“Putting these out of date reports online without a right of reply serves no-one’s interests.”

She added that a more consistent, robust and regular inspection process is good for everyone, especially children.

“This survey has been sent to the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs with a view to highlighting the flaws within the existing inspection process and the urgent need to make the reports which are going online more consistent, transparent and fair,” she said.

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