Boy burnt at child­care cen­tre

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - David Johns

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.

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