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Worried mum decided to take daughter out of facility

A MOTHER has spoken of her concerns about the standard of care at another Giraffe creche last year, which led to her removing her daughter from the facility.

She reported the matter to the Health Services Executive, which carried out an investigation into the Giraffe Creche in Athlumney Wood, Johnstown, Navan, Co Meath, in April 2012 and found a number of shortcomings.

The parents of the then-two-year-old girl became concerned when she developed a bad E coli infection which they believed was caused by unhygienic nappy-changing procedures at the creche.

They removed their daughter from the facility and informed the HSE of their concerns.

During a three-day inspection, the HSE said it was not possible for it to conclude if the girl's infection happened as a direct result of poor nappy-changing practice.

However, it did find the creche's procedures were not in line with best practice and could lead to a risk of cross-infection.

In particular the HSE noted that cloths rather than disposable wipes were used to clean the nappy mats after changing, and one of these was also used to dry out a potty after rinsing.

It also noted that staff did not always wear gloves when changing children, soothers were not identified by the child's name, and one was rinsed rather than sterilised.

It also noted that one preschool room was overcrowded and there was an insufficient ratio of adults to children in two rooms.

Another Giraffe facility in Stepaside, South Dublin, is under investigation over allegations of inappropriate conduct by a staff member.

Giraffe said in a statement that it immediately looked into any issues raised by parents or the HSE and rectified shortcomings.

"Parents can be assured that we will be ensuring that all our current practice and procedure modules are sufficiently robust to avoid any lapses in best practice," a spokesperson said.

Irish Independent