A FOUR-year-old boy was severely burnt while making playdough and an autistic child walked home unnoticed in a string of enforcement actions for childcare centres across Perth.
Five notices of enforcement actions for Perthbased childcare centres were published online by the Department of Communities this month.
Among the more serious was an incident at Little Beginnings Education Forrestfield in January 2018, in which a four-year-old child was “severely burned” by hot water used to make playdough.
A staff member put a jug of hot water down in the middle of a table and when the table was bumped it spilled over the boy. The burns to the boy’s legs, genitals and buttocks immediately blistered and peeled.
The centre was hit with $23,000 in penalties and legal costs relating to the incident, as well as some additional breaches.
Owner and approved provider Allan Mullett said the incident was regrettable and “tugged at the heart strings”.
“It wasn’t our best day,” he said.
Mr Mullett said the centre had put new procedures in place since the incident, including stricter first aid procedures and training more regularly than required by law.
In February, a nineyear-old autistic child left unnoticed from Helping Hands Atwell, an outside school hours care service at Atwell Primary School.
The mother later informed the provider the child had walked home.
Helping Hands Atwell was fined $12,000 for the breach and ordered to pay $1500 in legal costs. The centre did not respond to a request for comment.
Nippers Vacation Care in Warnbro was forced to pay $10,000 in fines and costs after a six-year-old child was left on a bus the before-school care provider was using to take children to their schools.