Mary organised a meeting for parents whose children attend Hyde & Seek with Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Children Anne Rabbitte TD.
The objective of the meeting was to discuss parents’ concerns over Tusla’s decision to close the creche on December 20th 2019.
Priority for parents is provision of safe, secure and happy childcare for children post December 20th 2019 and accountability from both Tusla and Hyde & Seek.
Parents feel Tusla have failed them in several ways. Firstly by failing to ensure safe standards were achieved, secondly by the lack of accountability, transparency and ultimately the drastic decision to close the creche which leaves them with no childcare service.
Tusla has advised parents to consult with Dublin City Childcare Committee to find alternative childcare. This advice has no practical value for parents. The Dublin City Childcare Committee has no remit to provide childcare.
Anne Rabbitte TD shared with parents the work she has been doing over the past few months to request Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, to address concerns with the sector.
Click HERE to see recent Parliamentary Questions that have been tabled by Anne relating to Hyde & Seek.
Minutes of the meeting with parents and actions agreed can be seen HERE.
They include commitments from Anne Rabbitte to make representations to the Minister and to Tusla and for Mary to do the same to Dublin City Childcare Committee & Dublin City Council.
Following the meeting, Anne Rabbitte TD immediately requested the Minister to engage the stakeholders to find a solution. Click HERE to read the full letter.