Early Childhood Ireland Response to RTÉ Investigates: Creches – Behind Closed Doors
25 July 2019
We are deeply concerned about the issues raised in the RTÉ Investigates programme aired last night. We now expect that the statutory authorities will take whatever action is necessary to ensure that the very distressing matters raised are fully investigated and addressed.
We represent 3,800 childcare service members in all parts of the country, who provide a high-quality service to over 100,000 children. These service providers, all of whom are open to inspection by the statutory authorities, provide a service that not only cares about the development of children but also supports families on a daily basis. We have been speaking with members since we became aware of this story. They are distressed by the content of the programme and also want these matters fully investigated and resolved.
We are working with our members to help them support their staff, parents, and children; all of whom will be concerned on the back of this programme. We also ask that anyone who has concerns about a childcare service or about individuals within a service pass such information to the relevant authorities.
We continue to trust in and support our members to provide a high-quality service. We also understand how distressing this programme will have been for parents and families all around the country.
Please see our website www.earlychildhoodireland.ie for further information.
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