Local Child Care Board and labour officials are due to be brought up to speed on Monday on the situation at a local nursery, following reports of a sick out by ‘aunties’ last Tuesday over alleged bad treatment and working conditions, which led to their sacking on Friday.
Since then several pictures and unsavoury reports have been circulating on social media about Little Treasures Preschool in Clermont, St Michael, including calls for its immediate closure.
Barbados TODAY has tried unsuccessfully to contact the head of the school Janice Reid for comment on the situation.
However, one of the ten dismissed workers, who said she had been with the nursery for 13 years, alleged that children were being made to sleep on the floor and on tabletops and were being underfed.
The ‘aunty’ who did not want to be identified by name, also claimed that bleach water was used to bathe children on a number of occasions and that loud expletives were sometimes hurled within the earshot of the little ones.
One upset parent told Barbados TODAY that she received an urgent call from an upset ‘aunty’ last Friday advising her to collect her daughter immediately. She also said that she has since been bombarded with negative reports about the establishment.
“My daughter attended Little Treasures for over two years and now two years later I’m seeing pictures and videos of ill-treatment to those poor babies and not to mention to my own child,” the irate parent said, while alleging that her daughter had been placed in a cupboard for unknown reasons.
“To my understanding it’s worse than I know it to be,” the mother said, while accusing the owner of disrespecting her staff and calling on parents to take action in the interest of their children.
Several other parents have also been venting their frustrations on the school’s Facebook page as well as Reid’s personal Facebook page, both of which have been deactivated since Saturday.
The nursery, which caters to over 60 children, has been in operation for 14 years. However, this is not the first time it has come under public scrutiny. Last year, the authorities stepped in after images of children sleeping in the patio were released.
However, the nursery has been allowed to remain open.