Childcare standards dip
HUNDREDS of childcare services are failing to meet basic hygiene, safety and education standards, the latest snapshot of the sector shows.
The group overseeing childcare accreditation in Australia has released statistics on services that applied to it during the second half of 2010.
Of the 1100 long-day care centres that applied for accreditation, 170 had failed to meet learning, safety and hygiene accreditation guidelines.
A quarter failed to ensure potentially dangerous objects, including plants, were out of children’s reach, the National Childcare Accreditation Council report shows.
About one-third did not have safe food practices or make toileting a positive experience for children in their care, while 20 per cent didn’t control the spread of disease or maintain immunisation records.