a private micro-nursery in Seine-Saint-Denis denounced by a group of parents

They met collectively to demand the closure of the micronursery where they had their children. In Neuilly-sur-Marne, in Seine-Saint-Denis, about thirty parents ask for the closure of the private micronursery “BB Doudou”. They denounce in particular the mistreatment of their children and the pressure exerted on the staff of the establishment.

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Ca is not the first micro-nursery to be questioned by parents who often pick up their children before reporting problem cases to the departments. Several conflicts are ongoing, particularly in Ile-de-France, around these private structures that house a maximum of twelve children at a time.

Claire’s daughter has been cared for at the “BB Doudou” micro-nursery for several months when the manager decides to separate from some of his staff, putting the remaining auxiliaries under pressure. “We are about to crack, they humiliate us, they insult us”: this is what some of them would have said to the mother, who then explains “see them completely panicked“.

In “BB Doudou”, a nursery director, not authorized to care for the children, however, sometimes finds herself in charge of them herself. “When she is there, it is true that there is mistreatment”, summarizes the mother who adds that later she recovers her daughter “in a state of regression”.

“She had been sleeping through the night since she was two months old, it was a real treat. Since January, he’s screwed up.”

Therefore, Claire leaves the “BB Doudou” micro-nursery, and the city urgently places her daughter in a municipal nursery. She ever since she has wondered about the same model of these private structures. “Setting up a micronursery is quite simple” observes the resident who explains that it is necessary “a little money, and there’s no need for an early childhood degree. Just hire someone who is”. According to her, “everyone has the right to want to make a profit and grow a business, but when it is to the detriment of the well-being of children, it is not normal”.

Facilities that explain the boom in the market: about 8,000 places in micro-nurseries were created in 2019, for example, with a certain lucrative logic, says Cyrille Godfroy, of the Union of Early Childhood Professionals. “In fact, we will necessarily favor a family that perhaps provides additional funding and thus ensures the structure runs, or even secures profits, rather than a family that only brings in their own income.”he says.

Therefore, there remains the question of controls by the PMI centers, the Maternal and Child Protection. Ève Robert, in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, says that the situation is well managed and the visits are frequent: “We receive reports regularly, but today we have not identified any difficulties that are completely endemic or recurring in this type of structure.” Be careful not to generalize, conclude several early childhood professionals for whom these dysfunctions remain special cases.

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