Hazards found at three creches

The manager of the Donegal County Childcare Committee says it is disappointing the breaches highlighted in crèches here have taken place.

The manager of the Donegal County Childcare Committee says it is disappointing the breaches highlighted in crèches here have taken place.

Speaking after the release of HSE inspection reports for three Donegal crèches, Avril McMonagle said, “Regulations have been out there for quite a while now, and it is disappointing to see that we’re still having this level of breach.”

Inspectors found that a shower hose in a play area at the First Steps Childminding Service at Inch in Inishowen could be a strangulation hazard.

The inspection which was carried out last April found that excessive heat on the surface of a radiator had posed a risk of injury. An exit door which was not secured left children vulnerable to going onto a roadway, according to the report.

An inspection last September of Fairytales Day Care in Milford revealed a number of electrical sockets in the toddler room were unprotected. The inspection found the sanitary accommodation adjacent to the toddler room was not complete and there was just one wash-hand basin provided instead of three. Inspectors also found a restricted opening device was not fitted in the preschool room on the first floor.

A June 2012 inspection of Naíonra An Choimín, in Cloghan showed the water supply was “unfit for human consumption”. The inspections found there was no maintenance record for smoke alarms and no fire drill displayed.

A fire-escape door from the playroom could be easily opened, allowing children access to the car park. Tracey Bradley of First Steps Child Minding Service in Inch said her crèche had passed 22 of 25 compliances.

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