Day­care leaves child home alone

Canning Times - - NEWS -

A THORNLIE fam­ily day­care op­er­a­tor has been fined $3000 af­ter a two-yearold boy was left alone in her home while she at­tended a physio ap­point­ment.

A rul­ing pub­lished on the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­ni­ties web­site on Septem­ber 28 said Af­shan Fa­rooq “left a two-year-old locked in the res­i­dence while at­tend­ing a med­i­cal ap­point­ment”.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment signed by Ms Fa­rooq on the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal’s (SAT) web­site, about 3.54pm on De­cem­ber 13, 2017, she left two chil­dren en­rolled in her fam­ily day­care – a twoyear-old and a three-yearold – with her hus­band and eight-year-old son.

Ms Fa­rooq’s hus­band was not an ap­proved fam­ily day­care ed­u­ca­tor, but has since been ap­proved as a fam­ily day­care ed­u­ca­tor as­sis­tant.

At 4.17pm, the hus­band left the two-year-old at the res­i­dence alone and un­su­per­vised while he took the three-year-old home.

Ms Fa­rooq’s hus­band was un­der the im­pres­sion she had taken the two-yearold to the physio ap­point­ment and had not re­alised he was ac­tu­ally asleep in an­other room.

About 4.20pm, the twoyear-old’s mother ar­rived at the home to col­lect her child. She could hear him cry­ing but could not en­ter the prop­erty to col­lect him.

Ms Fa­rooq’s hus­band re­turned to the prop­erty at about 4.26pm, while Ms Fa­rooq ar­rived home at 4.43pm.

The rul­ing also stated Ms Fa­rooq con­tra­vened reg­u­la­tions by “fail­ing to en­sure at­ten­dance records were ac­cu­rate”.

The SAT or­dered Ms Fa­rooq pay a penalty of $3000, a fur­ther $200 for fail­ing to en­sure at­ten­dance records were ac­cu­rate and $1000 for le­gal costs.

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