By Karissa Donkin, Adam Huras and the Legislature Bureau
Childcare facilities in New Brunswick are licensed and inspected by the provincial government. The detailed findings of those inspections were made public after a two-year battle for access to information by Telegraph-Journal reporters.
The raw inspection reports obtained by the Telegraph-Journal revealed disturbing shortcomings, including dirty facilities, neglected children and the failure of operators to conduct background checks on employees. In the weeks following publication, two employees who should not have been working with children were fired and 109 others were sent home until they could obtain a background check. One daycare facility was shut down.
The education department now keeps statistics on problems at daycares and promises to build a new inspection registry.