Children’s private records found in skip outside nursery

Children’s private records found in skip outside nursery

Child records, including photographs and personal details of nursery children have been found in a skip outside their old nursery.  The dumped paperwork includes names, dates of birth and detailed learning plans, along with other confidential information including parental consent forms complete with signatures.

Staff details were left outside too, with personal details, contact numbers and P45s.

Iain Morrison, a local father, made the discovery outside the former Three Bears nursery in Dunfermline.  He said,  “The building is on a main street in the middle of the town and the skip was right outside. There was a personal development plan for a child born in 2009 which included a name, date of birth, photo and details on development. I was conscious that it was data which should not have been left lying about in a public place. The paperwork has been taken to a secure location ahead of disposal.”

Businessman David Austin plans to convert the building into a microbrewery and bar.

He said: “To my knowledge, anything which was of a sensitive nature was disposed of properly.  We must have cleared out 1000 box files – but every one of them was emptied of any paperwork which we felt was of a sensitive nature.  After the nursery closed, the landlord issued an open invitation to any parents to come along and collect anything they wished.”

Helen King, whose triplets attended the nursery, said: “I find it appalling that material relating to the staff or children was left in a skip like this. It’s a very shabby state of affairs.  Some of the parents, including myself, managed to get our personal belongings and paperwork – but that was through our own efforts.”

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Abacus support team are the Three Musketeers!

Abacus support team are the Three Musketeers!

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Government presses ahead with nursery education code of practice and Early Years Single Funding Formula

Government presses ahead with nursery education code of practice and Early Years Single Funding Formula

The Code of Practice on the free entitlement to nursery education will be implemented from September, the Government has confirmed, despite pre-election promises by the Conservatives to suspend it.

The news will come as a blow to some nursery owners who were hoping the Tories would fulfil their pledge to postpone the Code and allow settings to charge top-up fees.

A Government spokesperson said, ‘The new Code of Practice will come into force in September, to ensure that local authorities are working to a clear common framework in implementing the extension to 15 hours. However, we will be looking to streamline this guidance next year.’

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