This Creche should Never be Allowed open, Children should be Protected at all Times? But this is Ireland, and Nobody seems to Care?

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New childcare facility resumes plans to reopen at site of Hyde & Seek creche as owner faces lawsuits from angry families

  • 7:00, 26 May 2022

A NEW childcare facility is set to open at the site of an infamous creche – with the firm currently advertising for staff.

The Hyde & Seek Tolka Road creche in Dublin – which was exposed on TV for shocking standards – has been renamed as Tolka Tots and is now recruiting.

Shamed Hyde & Seek Tolka owner Anne Davy
Shamed Hyde & Seek Tolka owner Anne DavyCredit: Garrett White – Commissioned by The Sun Dublin
The controversial Tolka Road creche had been renamed Tolka Tots
The controversial Tolka Road creche had been renamed Tolka Tots
The Facebook page of Tolka Tots announcing job vacancies
The Facebook page of Tolka Tots announcing job vacanciesCredit: Facebook

The relaunch of the creche was postponed after the Irish Sun revealed in January how it was gearing up for business under a new name.

Disgraced Hyde & Seek Tolka childcare owner Anne Davy was part of the new venture, Tolka Tots, despite previously being convicted of breaching three childcare regulations.

Davy dramatically quit as director on the day we quizzed her about her links to the latest family-run project.

Following our story in January, Tolka Tots postponed its launch and a Facebook account promoting the opening of the new creche also disappeared.

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But despite being embroiled in controversy, we can reveal the creche is now pushing ahead with the relaunch.

Tolka Tots last week issued adverts as the firm hunts for staff.

An ad for a job vacancy said they were looking for candidates with “a passion for childcare”, with creche chiefs saying they were “super excited” to “open up soon”.

The ad read: “Have you a minimum of FETAC Level 5 in childcare? Are you a hard working person? Do you have a passion for childcare? Are you reliable and punctual? And do you like working as a team??

“If the above is you then please contact us. We are looking for an excellent team to open up soon which we are super excited about….

“We want our Staff to provide the best of care for our children and centre their needs at every decision. All candidates will be Garda vetted and will have to provide their qualifications in order to get the job.”

Locals last night told how they have been left reeling with the relaunch of the notorious creche.


One told the Irish Sun: “I would have concerns if Anne Davy has any links to this new creche.

“Anne Davy has convictions for breaching childcare regulations. The practices that happened there were shocking.”

Company records show Tolka Tots is owned by Hyde & Seek Childcare Ltd.

Hyde & Seek Childcare Ltd has been owned and run for years by the Davy family – Anne, her husband Peter and their daughter Siobhan.


Anne Davy has refused to comment about the opening of the new creche when approached by the Irish Sun, while Tolka Tots also refused to respond to our queries.

But on the day we quizzed Davy, the long-time creche owner resigned as director and secretary of Hyde & Seek Childcare Ltd.

Davy was spared jail earlier this year despite being secretly filmed “roughly” handling a toddler to get them to go to sleep at her Hyde & Seek branch at Tolka Road.

The 66-year-old, who was convicted of breaching three childcare regulations, was instead fined €4,000 after pleading guilty at Dublin District Court.

Davy’s breaches included “roughly handling” a child while putting him down for a nap. She “disrespectfully” handled the boy, aged under two, at her Tolka Road facility on May 8, 2019.


A team from RTE Investigates had gone under-cover to look at standards of care in the pre-school, which operates several premises in Dublin.

In January, Anne Davy admitted to engaging in a practice that was disrespectful at her Tolka Road crèche on May 8, 2019, contrary to section 19.3 of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016.

Davy also admitted having inadequate space per child ratios at the Shaw Street branch.

The court heard that 46 children were there on September 11, 2018, and 35 on July 19, 2019. However, the creche was only sanctioned for 32 children.

Judge Anthony Halpin fined Davy €4,000 for the disrespectful handling of the young child while the remaining charges were taken into consideration.


As the relaunch of the creche sparks a storm, the Irish Sun can reveal Davy is facing mounting High Court claims from outraged families over alleged breaches of the childcare regulations.

We understand more lawsuits have been lodged recently – taking the total number of families now suing Davy to more than 30

While there was no response to our request for comment, it is understood the legal claims will be defended.

Anne Davy was previously fined €1,200 in the Dublin District Court in 2005 for failing to provide adequate safeguards and supervision for a child during an outing to a public park playground near her creche at Tolka 

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