The Child Protection Authority of Reykjavík is currently investigating the operations of the kindergarten Leikskólinn 101 on suspicion of staff behaving violently towards the infants in their care. The kindergarten has been closed temporarily.
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Two summer employees filed charges against the kindergarten, submitting footage they had taken as evidence. According to Fréttablaðið, the footage shows staff spanking the infants, among other maltreatment.
The kindergarten will remain closed while the investigation is ongoing. Reykjavík City authorities have declared the case to be sensitive and that it will be handled with determination.
However, they also pointed out that the kindergarten has already been subject to routine inspection this year after which no remarks were made about its operations, Morgunblaðið reports.
Director of the Government Agency for Child Protection Bragi Guðbrandsson told Fréttablaðið this case is different from other cases of a similar nature as not just employees have been suspended but an entire institution shut down. “It’s an indication of a suspicion of systematic violence against children,” he stated.
The kindergarten’s management has released a statement, rejecting all accusations of abuse. City of Reykjavík employee Jakob Frímann Magnússon told Morgunblaðið that he has had good experience with the kindergarten, where two of his daughters have been cared for, and that he has full confidence in its management.
Leikskólinn 101 is for children aged nine to 18 months. Currently, 31 children are registered there. The kindergarten has nine employees, two of whom have been temporarily suspended because of the investigation.