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25th Jul 2019

The nation had a strong reaction to RTÉ Investigates – Creches, Behind Closed Doors

Olivia Hayes

The nation tuned into RTÉ Investigates – Creches, Behind Closed Doors last night.

The RTÉ Investigates team went undercover to look at standards of care in Hyde and Seek, a creche chain in Dublin.

The chain is owned and run by Anne and Peter Davy along with their daughter Siobhan. The company has four creches across Dublin City, catering for children from 3 months up to 12 years of age.

One of these creches, in Glasnevin, was not registered with TUSLA – the State body with responsibility for child protection – for a period of 14 months, RTÉ found. Hyde & Seek pleaded guilty to the non-registration at the Dublin District Court earlier this year.

Anne has been convicted on two different occasions, once in 2004 and again in 2007 for breach of regulations.

In a statement, the company said “that in recent months she has occasionally fallen below the standards of our behavioural management policy and has found herself being short, rather than simply direct.”

Anne Davy has now stepped down from the frontline of childcare provision.

As we all watched on as milk was diluted down, babies were put on their stomachs and fire safety regulations were breached, many were shocked and saddened by numerous elements of the show:

However, many people also took to Twitter to reassure parents that not all creches are run like Hyde and Seek, and they should not feel guilty for having to leave their children in childcare.