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Inquiry into York nurseries defended
AN education chief has defended the “thorough and comprehensive” investigation conducted into two York nurseries, saying it had been warranted by “very serious allegations about the quality of care.”
Pete Dwyer, City of York Councils’ director of adults, children and education, also revealed that parents should shortly be given an update, following the completion of the probe into Heworth House in Melrosegate and Little Joe’s in Hospital Fields Road.
Speaking during and after a meeting of City of York Council’s Yor-OK Board, he said it had been inevitable that a process involving a criminal investigation would create delay and uncertainty, and the authority had been unable to provide an update so far for legal reasons, which it acknowledged had been frustrating.
“However, we remain committed to updating parents in the very near future,” he said. “We can reassure parents that as a result of the enquiries and the commitment of the nurseries to respond to the concerns, steps have been taken to address all of the issues identified, and we would like to thank parents for their patience and cooperation with what must have been a difficult time.”
The probe was launched last August when six members of staff were arrested, but police later said no action would be taken against them.
The Press reported last month that the nurseries had been cleared by Ofsted, which said their owner, Lynn Dyrdal, had taken “prompt and appropriate action” to rectify any problems.
Mrs Dyrdal, who said then that the all-clear had come too later to prevent her business and reputation being “left in tatters,” was unavailable for comment yesterday.