Creche chain Hyde & Seek tells parents Donohoe ‘keen to help’

Parents deliver petition to Zappone calling for her to ‘initiate urgent mediation’ between Tusla and creche management

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has issued orders to de-register four Dublin creches run by Hyde & Seek. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has issued orders to de-register four Dublin creches run by Hyde & Seek. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

 

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe recently met with Hyde & Seek creche chain management and is “keen to help as much as possible”, parents were told in a recent email from the company.

Mr Donohoe met management and parents who had children in the creche at the company’s Glasnevin creche last Friday.

A spokeswoman for Mr Donohoe confirmed he attended the meeting and said “the Minister is working to support the parents”.

Fianna Fáil councillor Mary Fitzpatrick also attended a recent meeting with the creche management.

In a recent email to parents from Hyde & Seek management, the company said the two politicians “were keen to help as much as possible.”

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has issued orders to de-register four Dublin creches run by Hyde & Seek.

The affected creches are located on Tolka Road, Shaw Street, Glasnevin, and Millbourne Avenue. The closure order would come into effect on December 31st but the company is appealing the decision.

An RTÉ Investigates programme featuring footage taken by undercover researchers earlier this year exposed shortcomings in the creche chain.

The footage showed cots packed into rooms leaving it difficult to access babies in the event of an emergency, and children being fed cheap instant meals instead of the dishes advertised to parents.

In the recent email the company asked parents to consider writing letters of support for the creche which would be used in the de-registration appeals process.

On Thursday, parents with children in Hyde & Seek creches delivered a petition to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone calling for her to “initiate urgent mediation” between Tusla and the creche management.

The petition, which the company said had been signed by over 100 parents, called for a meeting “in order to facilitate circumstances to arise whereby the creches can remain open”.