Boy burnt at childcare centre
A FORRESTFIELD childcare centre was hit with $23,000 in penalties and legal costs after a four-yearold boy was severely burnt while making playdough earlier this year.
The incident at Little Beginnings Education Forrestfield in January was among the more serious enforcement actions for Perth-based childcare centres that were published online by the Department of Communities this month. 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.
These included operating without a nominated supervisor for 11 months and failing to notify the regulatory authority of “various matters”.
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 a number of new procedures in place since the incident.
These included stricter first aid procedures and training more regularly than was required by law.