Paul Gilligan: Total revamp of childcare is vital – or society will suffer
If you are the parent of an under-five-year-old your biggest cause of anxiety is most likely not the banking guarantee, the future of the Seanad or interest rates, it is who do you trust to take care of your child when you are at work.
In May, a 'Prime Time' programme revealed a litany of bad practice, some bordering on abuse, in three creches. The scenes depicted were truly shocking, demonstrating a culture of disrespect, aggression and intolerance towards children of the youngest age.
Since this programme, a stream of stories of bad, risky practice are continuing to emerge and many parents have lost confidence in the childcare system.