Monday 11 December 2017

Overhaul of sector will be complex – and expensive

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

THE elaborate promises made just weeks ago to ensure better quality control and monitoring of pre-school facilities provided some reassurance to parents after their trust in these services was severely eroded.

The disturbing television images of children being mistreated in a number of creches helped to graphically highlight gaps in the system which the Irish Independent and other newspapers had previously uncovered through extensive investigations.

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald was rightly held to account for many failures, including what appears to be an overly indulgent inspection system, a failure to publish inspection reports, poor staff training and a low level of monitoring.

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