The kindergarten Leikskólinn 101 in Reykjavík has been closed permanently as announced by its owner Hulda Linda Stefánsdóttir in a statement sent to the media yesterday.
Archive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
The kindergarten is subject to a police investigation on suspicion of systematic abuse of the children in its care, who are nine to 18 months old, Morgunblaðið reports.
“I had hoped for assistance and resources from the Child Protection Authority of Reykjavík so that I could reopen the kindergarten in a credible manner but my request was rejected. Therefore I have no other choice but to close the kindergarten for good,” Hulda said in the statement.
“I’d like to point out that the accusations that I have faced are false. I’d also like to stress that I am very sorry about the behavior towards children that the evidence appears to show and the strain that the parents have been under in the past days,” she added.
“I will continue to fully cooperate with those who are investigating the affairs of the kindergarten,” Hulda concluded.
The Child Protection Authority of Reykjavík launched investigation into the kindergarten’s affairs after summer employees reported the staff’s violent treatment of the children, including spanking, submitting footage as evidence.
The case was subsequently filed to the police and now tax authorities are also investigating the kindergarten’s finances.