Cen­tre cops fine af­ter girl, 4, left on bus

The West Australian - - NEWS - Liam Croy

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.

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