Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Children's Authority continues to monitor Cyril Ross Nursery

The Children’s Authority is assuring members of the public that rigorous monitoring continues to take place at the Cyril Ross Nursery.

In 2018, following reports of the alleged abuse and neglect of the wards of the nursery, the authority’s Licensing and Monitoring Unit conducted a thorough investigation into the nursery’s operations.

The investigations included announced and unannounced visits which were conducted at varying times of the day. Interviews with residents and staff were also conducted to ascertain whether the children were receiving adequate care.

The Licensing and Monitoring Unit made several recommendations for the management of the nursery, which have been implemented. These include, but are not limited to the following:-

- training staff in providing appropriate care to the children

-  training staff to deal with children who have challenging behaviours and providing a reward and consequences system

- a revised Behaviour Management Policy regarding children at the Nursery

- ceasing the use of corporal punishment as a form of behaviour modification

- the inclusion of recreation and extracurricular activities, and

- the development of a Donations Policy

The authority says while significant improvements have been made in the operations of the Cyril Ross Nursery, implementation is an ongoing process which will be monitored closely. The authority adds that its Licensing and Monitoring Unit remains committed to monitoring and lending support where needed, to all residences in Trinidad and in Tobago, to ensure compliance with the required operating standards.

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