“Dangerous and unhealthy” day care centre under probe
The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has mounted an investigation into conditions at the J.O.S Play Land and Day Care Centre, located at Lot 455 Aubrey Barker Street, South Ruimveldt Gardens, Georgetown.
The facility, located in a bottom flat, is presently without electricity. It has two doors but no windows. Kaieteur News understands that 25 to 30 children attend the centre.
M&CC Health Inspector, Kenneth Stevens told Kaieteur News that an inspection was done about a week ago and the findings revealed that the environment is not suitable for the running of such a facility. He further added that they are in the process of addressing the issue.
“We did an inspection at the day care centre and the findings show that it is not conducive…we are in the process of addressing the issue,” Stevens stated.
When Kaieteur News visited the facility, it was poorly ventilated and musty.
This publication has also confirmed that officials from the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) are investigating the reports about conditions at the facility.
The centre has reportedly been without electricity for more than a month.
The landlord, Neville Wray, described the environment as “dangerous and unhealthy for children.”
“In there is hot, hot and it is very dark, because there is no window. It got one door at the back and one at the front, that’s all,” he said.
Wray explained that when he rented the apartment to a female tenant, it was designed for an internet café, but he eventually rented it to her with a concession of 14 months.
“I told her that I will rent her the place, and that I will give her a 14-month concession so that she could make the relevant adjustments to make the children comfortable, but it’s almost three years and all she did was to knock out a piece of wall and make a door and she is charging between $5,000 to $7,000″ Wray claimed.
He said that his concern is for the welfare of the children and he is pleading with parents to check the condition of the facility before they enrol their children there.
“I am requesting parents to see the registration letter before they leave their child at a day care and they should make sure they check the condition of the place.”
But a City Council official told the Kaieteur News that the M&CC does not issue any registration letters to Day Care operators. “The way this country is going right now, a person can just gather couple children and start a day care.”
Meanwhile, the day care operator declined to give this newspaper a comment.