The St Helena Safeguarding Children Board is pleased to report that the majority of registered Crèches and Childminders on the Island have successfully passed the necessary inspections required to renew their registration for providing child care services on St Helena.

Inspections ran from 26 April to 13 May 2016 and, during this time, all registered crèches and childminders were visited by a Senior Social Worker and Social Care Officer to assess provision of child care providers and application of all current safeguarding, welfare & wellbeing, and general health & safety procedures. Alongside this, the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service visited the same properties to ensure that fire & safety procedures were also in place.

These inspections were recommended by the Wass Inquiry (2015) and were progressed as a collaborative process between the St Helena Safeguarding Children Board, Children’s Services and crèches and childminders. This was also an opportunity for those caring for children to ask any questions or raise any concerns they might have with staff from Children’s Services.

Children’s Champion Councillor Christine Scipio O’Dean said:

“All children attending a crèche or childminding facility should feel secure and safe while they are away from their home environment – this plays an important role in their development before joining school.”

A presentation will take place soon to present crèches and childminders with their well-deserved registration certificates.


24 June 2016

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