Closure notice for sub-standard Hyde and Seek Crèches welcome - Kathleen Funchion TD
Sinn Féin Children and Youth Affairs spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has welcomed the news that Tusla have issued closure notices for four Hyde and Seek childcare centres, saying that the safety and well-being of children must be paramount at all times.
Speaking today, Deputy Funchion said;
"The news that Tusla have moved against Hyde and Seek and issued 4 of the branches with notices to close from December 31st is very welcome.
"It is an important step forward for Tusla in how they approach and manage situations like this. I have met with numerous parents of Hyde and Seek, since the airing of the RTÉ investigates program and challenged Tusla to take more action against these crèches when they appeared before the Oireachtas Children and Youth Affairs Committee.
"I am delighted that they have taken this step and now it is vital that the Minister steps up to ensure that there is quality care available to children who are still in these services. Parents will be concerned, and understandably so, given the lack of crèche places.
"Both the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in conjunction with Tusla must work to ensure childcare places for these children."
"Sinn Féin will continue our work to ensure our children are being cared for appropriately and safely – particularly when parents are often paying what amounts to a second mortgage for childcare."