Daycare leaves child home alone
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.