Child­care stan­dards dip

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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