Centre cops fine after girl, 4, left on bus
A Karratha childcare centre has been fined $16,000 for leaving a four-year-old girl to bake on a bus on a 30C day.
Stripy Zebras Junior Education Centre received the penalty last month after it was referred to the State Administrative Tribunal for disciplinary action.
The girl was rescued by a passing parent who heard banging coming from inside the bus and saw a child’s hands on a window about 3.20pm on May 10.
The bus had been parked outside Stripy Zebras Junior Education Centre in Baynton West for more than half an hour.
When the parent entered the bus she found the girl strapped into a booster seat, crying and covered in sweat.
Her skin was red and she had urinated.
The girl’s mother signed her out of the childcare centre just before 4pm and took her to hospital.
Two employees of the centre were sacked because of the incident and the centre developed a new procedure for checking the bus.
In another incident, Fremantle Early Learning Centre in Beaconsfield was ordered to pay $42,000 in fines and legal costs last month after a three-year-old boy was nearly strangled to death when he became entangled in a hammock.
The child put his head through the ropes of the hammock about 4.20pm on June 14. He was left hanging from it, with his feet off the floor, for about five minutes.
The boy was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital then Princess Margaret Hospital, where he was sedated and intubated.
He was discharged three days later and made a full recovery.
The two hammocks at the centre have since been removed.
In Busselton, childcare worker Jane Hale was fined $7000 after a one-year-old boy received serious burns from a cup of hot tea.
Ms Hale was registered with Nature Alliance Family Day Care Services.
The boy required skin grafts after he spilled the cup of tea over himself on March 15.
Part of the penalty was for Ms Hale not getting parental permission to take the child on an excursion.