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Management investigating after toddlers wander out of Stepaside creche

The ‘Giraffe’ facility in Belarmine was one of three crèches featured as part of an RTÉ investigation into alleged mistreatment of children earlier this year.

MANAGEMENT AT THE Giraffe crèche in Stepaside in south Dublin say an investigation is being carried out after two young children left the facility by themselves yesterday.

The toddlers were soon located nearby and returned to the premises.

According to a statement from the crèche, a side-gate at the facility was left open by a third-party supplier who had brought pets to the premises.

A Giraffe carer observed the two children were missing and located them, along with a local resident, on a grass patch outside the crèche.
Giraffe can confirm that the correct staff ratio was present at the time and a full internal investigation is underway.

Gardaí and the HSE launched separate investigations into allegations of child mistreatment following an RTÉ Primetime investigation of three créches – including the Belarmine facility – in May of this year.

Read: Did you miss the Prime Time creche expose? Here’s what happened >

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