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Pre-school operator handed 3 month suspended sentence

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 29/07/2013. Pre-school operator handed 3 month suspended sentenceTags: Education And Politics

A pre-school operator has been handed a three-month suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to 20 breaches of childcare regulations. 

Judge Alan Mitchell imposed the sentence on Tracey Stynes of Graceland Playschool of Greenwood Park at Edenderry District Court and banned her from operating a facility for one year until she undertakes and finishes a management course, the Irish Examiner reports.

It was found that although the facility run by Ms Stynes had been subject to 11 inspections in the four years it had been open, conditions there had continued to worsen. Judge Mitchell said it is possible that Ms Stynes was not aware of what she needed to do to improve matters after the previous evaluations. 

Following the revelations, Judge Mitchell called on the Health Service Executive (HSE) to be more proactive in instances where services are not improved by childcare providers, despite assessments indicating a need for change.  

In response, the HSE said it has taken on board the comments, but claimed the HSE Preschool Service for the Midlands achieves an inspection rate of 95 per cent to 98 per cent. 

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(04-08-2013 11:45)

hi, I am a qualified childcare worker with many years experience of working with children. I have been approached by a parent of one child who would like me to look after her little girl. What are my rights, if any, regarding pay, holidays, bank holidays etc? She is not keen to pay prsi ?


(10-11-2013 19:24)

Hi I would like to inform you that the Sentence that was imposed on Tracey Stynes has been overturned on Friday last. It should never have been imposed in the first place. So her good name is finally cleared


(31-07-2013 19:17)

As part of the parents association we have set up on behalf of our children of Graceland Playschool, we are annoyed and upset of the closure of the playschool and the sentance put upon Tracey, she is a kind, and very special teacher to all our children and has ALWAYS been,. We would like to stress that this is NOT how our children were minded on a daily basis

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