Councillors want HSE childcare report

A Portlaoise Town Councillor has asked for the HSE to provide a full report to the council on childcare in the county.

A Portlaoise Town Councillor has asked for the HSE to provide a full report to the council on childcare in the county.

Councillor Tom Jacob said he wanted the report for “ the protection of children in the county.”

Cllr Jacob provided the councillors will a report from the Laois County Childcare Committee (LCCC) outlining their schemes and giving an overview of what they have done in the last year.

In their report, LCCC said their “commitment to the development of high quality childcare in County Laois saw 51 complete their FETAC Level 5 childcare aware and 27 complete their Level 6 supervision in childcare aware.

The chilcare committee said childcare workers also completed supplementary training in 2012 such as first aid, manual handling and buntus start.

They said the majority of childcare providers had completed at least one workshop of the national training programme, Síolta, and many now wished to engage on a formal basis to ensure their own development and that of their services.

Cllr Jacob said following the Prime Time programme he looked for information on childcare in Portlaoise. including the number of inspection in the 24 creches in Portlaoise or 87 creches in the county.

Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said the HSE were not releasing their report.

“There are some very good creches, but they have all been tarnished with the one brush now,” she said.

While Cllr Caroline Dwane said the programme was every mothers worst nightmare.

“For the amount of money people have to pay, they deserve a top quality service. Putting your childs care into someone else’s hands is hard enough,” she said.

“Some people had no qualifications, we need to find out the figures for Portlaoise.”

“Qualifications are important but you need kindness and patience to work with children also. Most places are very good bu that programme was very distressing, Cllr Fitzgeral added.