Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children, Robert Troy TD, says that media reports this morning regarding a ‘Prime Time’ programme on the quality of childcare provided at creches in Dublin are very disturbing.
Deputy Troy commented: “While the programme has yet to be broadcast, it appears an undercover staff member filmed scenes of children being shouted at and even slapped by some members of staff. This is absolutely appalling and will cause great anxiety and unease to parents and children across the country. Parents quite rightly expect and should have confidence in placing their children in creches.
“It is essential that we ensure the whole area of childcare is adequately resourced so that creches are made safe. The issue of quality provision must be tackled and inspections carried out with reports published in the interest of public confidence.
“As with so many issues, the Minister for Children talks a good game but the pace of delivery is appallingly slow. We’re still awaiting legislation for the Child and Family agency that was promised before Christmas 2012 as was the Children First Bill.
“Last week we learned that the Children First Bill might not reach us before the summer. The Tánaiste today seemed to indicate that they might be published but I don’t think there is any likelihood that they will be enacted before the summer. We need to see more urgency from the Minister in addressing these vital issues.”