The childcare facilities are divided into:
(children are watched in a room above the main Ocean Club 24hour reception; there is no extra charge for this service but parents must take and fetch their own children)
(children are watched in their own apartments; there is an extra charge for this service)
The crêche is open every day, except for Saturdays, which is the day off for all the nannies. On Saturdays there is just a support service for any eventual need, involving two nannies.
The organisational structure of the Ocean Club Child Care is a bit unclear, and child care workers seem to change from group to group. From the statements this is what can approximately be deduced:
Head / Supervisor:
Nannies / Educators:
See also: →NANNY'S & OCEAN CLUB STAFF
Donna Louise Rafferty Hill, Manager of the Creche Staff for Mark Warner, advised the PJ of the following:
“The latter advised us that all these employees are English nationals and that they came to work in Portugal from March/April until November; that there are 13 people who work in the creche, their names and telephone numbers being as follows: [NOTE: Phone numbers withheld]
There has been speculation that Charlotte came as a nanny to one of the Tapas 9. This cannot be substantiated.
Charlotte lived in Howick, New Zealand from when she was 18 months old. Kate McCann worked in a hospital in Howick, New Zealand in 1996. (needs some more research).
There are some open questions regarding the Creche Records, which where addressed nicely in the following article:
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With thanks to →Jill Havern/With thanks to 'Stella': 25 reasons to take a much closer look at the creche set-up
On the 18th April 2008, Cat was interviewed by Leicestershire Police over 3 separate sessions on the same day, in relation to her Rogatory Interview.
It would appear that →after the first session and during the second, Cat needed to make a retraction;
“Between 11h57 and 12h12 of the same day I was again interviewed on DVD by DC GIERC. During this interview I was permitted to refresh my memory after reading my translated original statement made to the Portuguese police. There are two facts that I would like to clarify: “dining out service” which is mentioned is available for the adults, being that the children would be left under the care of a childcare worker during dinner. My original deposition also mentioned that Madeleine offered more attention to the boys in the club. I do not remember having made such an affirmation given that Madeleine passed the majority of time playing with Jane Tanner's daughter. I confirm that the deposition in this second DVD is truthful and in accord with my knowledge and that it will be registered”.
The only other statement in the files →available for Cat is dated the 6th May 2007 and does NOT include any mention of Madeleine and boys. Which can only mean one thing, Cat must have made another statement sometime after the 6th May 2007 and it is being withheld by the PJ. Bearing in mind that a lot of the nannies were almost immediately relocated to other countries, I wonder when and how this 'other' “deposition” came about? The reason I feel that this retraction is very important, is because the child suspected of replacing Madeleine in creche that week, has a brother.
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