City of Tampere puts forward motion to Committee of Child and Youth Services for the removal of children from privately run day care facility
Under Chapter 29 of the Early Childhood Education and Care Act, the City of Tampere is to submit a proposal for consideration by the city’s Child and Youth Services Committee that will prohibit the provision of childcare services at the privately run ABC Daycare Tampere facility (ABC-Päiväkoti) from Monday 30 January 2017. The City of Tampere has worked closely with the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland on this matter.
The City of Tampere will allocate spaces at alternative providers for the 23 children currently attending the daycare facility in question, which the families are invited to take up from Wednesday 11 January 2017 onwards. City officials held an information and discussion event for the parents of children attending ABC Daycare Tampere on the evening of Tuesday 10 January 2017.
For further information on replacement day care provision, parents and guardians are advised to contact Day Care Customer Guidance team by telephone on 040 800 7260 (Mon–Fri from 9 a.m. to 12 noon) or by e-mail on paivahoito.palveluohjaus(at)tampere.fi.
The Child and Youth Services Committee is to discuss the matter at its next meeting, due to be held on 24 January 2017.
The City of Tampere’s proposal is based on contractual breaches by the service provider and the failure of the service to meet the objectives set for early childhood education in the Early Childhood Education and Care Act . In 2010, the owner of the facility received a fine for the possession of indecent images of a child. He subsequently committed to an arrangement imposed by the City of Tampere, under which he was not permitted to work alone with children. During an inspection carried out by the City of Tampere in December 2016, it came to light that the business owner has not adhered to the terms of this arrangement.
Under the Early Childhood Education and Care Act, the City of Tampere is responsible for supervising private daycare facilities in its local area. The City of Tampere concedes that, in this matter, the supervisory activity undertaken has not been sufficient. The matter arose following the City of Tampere’s decision to revise its inspection policy in the autumn of 2016 and enhance its unannounced inspection regime.
The proposal is not directed at other staff at the day care facility, whose conduct has been deemed appropriate.