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Changes on the way

Posted by Administrator on July 30, 2019

The shocking and sickening behaviour which was shown by RTE Investigates: Creches – Behind Closed Doors has caused enormous upset within the Early Childhood sector not only in Ireland but also worldwide.  It is however important to acknowledge that this totally unprofessional, uncaring and frankly abusive behaviour is not commonplace. The vast majority of Childhood Professionals are just that; they are professionals, they choose to enter the profession not because of monetary rewards but because they are drawn to children. They ‘see’ children.  They ‘see’ children as autonomous individuals, citizens of the world, individuals who are following their own path in life, and they feel honoured to be part of their journey.

The Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has issued the following statement which you can read in full here

The following is an abstract from the statement:

“As Minister for Children my priority has, and will always be, putting the protection of the child first.  Parents should always feel confident in placing their children into a childcare facility registered with the State. It’s very important that parents understand that not every childcare facility in the country has issues like the ones shown last week. Most service providers work tirelessly to provide a great service and I commend those services.

“However, I want to send a strong message to the tiny number that do not operate in the best interests of children – the regulator will not tolerate this, and I will not tolerate it.

“I am determined to provide, where necessary and where legally possible, the authority to strengthen Tusla’s powers to ensure all early learning care providers deliver a high-quality, child-centred service.”

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