STAFF working in the Na Páistí Beaga in the Glen, a subsidised service which caters for around 25 children daily, are looking for answers following the shock news of the creche’s closure.
A laminated piece of paper greeted parents as they dropped their children off at the facility on Friday morning.
The notice, signed by the board of management of Magnet Childcare that runs the service, read: “Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control it is with regret that we are informing you of our decision to close Na Páistí Beaga Creche facility, with effect of December 31st 2019. We greatly regret any inconvenience this may cause you.”
An employee told The Echo they still haven’t been told why the creche is closing, but it’s understood the board will meet with staff on Tuesday. “At this time of year when everywhere else is full, we have parents that are working and they can’t go to work after Christmas,” the worker said. “A lot of the parents would work part-time. The parents are in an awful state, at this time of year especially.”
Labour councillor John Maher, meanwhile, has demanded that parents and staff get clarity and certainty on operations at the crèche.
“Parents and staff and most importantly children, have had the legs swiped from under them with this news,” he said. “The manner of communication is abhorrent. No matter what the issue is, solutions can be found that keep children in their safe childcare setting and staff employed.”
Pobal fund Cork City Childcare, which in turn subsidises the services provided by Magnet childcare. Pobal said: “Both Pobal and Cork City Childcare Committee (CCC) are committed to working with Magnet Community Group CLG, parents and service providers to find a viable solution which will enable families to access quality childcare following this closure. Parents who are concerned should contact Cork City Childcare Committee.”