We have become aware of an individual making numerous false and defamatory statements about our Melville Street Nursery on social media over the last 24 hours, which have attracted significant attention and commentary. In view of the inaccuracy and seriousness of these allegations, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify the position, and offer an accurate account of the matter in question to reassure all interested parties that the conduct of our staff and management surrounding these allegations has been entirely appropriate and transparent.
The allegations concern the appropriateness of staff conduct and cognizance of unusually hot weather on a scheduled trip to Craigie’s Farm on 26th July. This matter has been fully investigated by nursery management, including consultation with all the nursery staff, children and their parents involved in the trip. We have also consulted with staff at Craigie’s Farm, who were engaged in our activities on the day and have reviewed their CCTV. To ensure rigour, transparency and compliance with established reporting procedures, we have discussed the matter with the Care Inspectorate and law enforcement agencies, who have confirmed their approval to the actions taken by our management and staff regarding the concerns.
Our thorough investigations conclude there has been no wrongdoing or misconduct by our staff, in any way. On the contrary, our investigation has identified that all children were appropriately prepared with light clothing, sunhats and sun protection. This is confirmed by Craigie’s Farm’s CCTV footage and photographs taken by staff. Our investigation also confirmed that references to staff splashing children are also inaccurate. The actual occurrence was a cup of water being accidentally dropped on the ground by a staff member, which did not adversely affect any children.
We are extremely disappointed at the medium chosen for expressing this concern. This approach did not provide the opportunity for an accurate account of events to be offered and has created unnecessary distress to our staff and parents. If anyone has a genuine concern about our nursery practice, we would encourage this to be brought to the attention of our management or even appropriate authorities.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and parents most sincerely for their overwhelming support regarding this matter, particularly the unanimous support pledged by parents of the children who attended the trip. We are extremely grateful for your comments.