A mother sensationally revealed that her daughter had been left on a bus and run by the same daycare center in the center of the death of a three-year-old boy.
The boy boarded a Goodstart Early Learning minibus on Tuesday morning and was to be dropped off at a day care center, but his body was parked in the vehicle outside the Hambledon State School in Cairns around 3 p.m.
The exact circumstances of the horrific incident remain unclear, but it seems that the child was left in the minibus all day long when the temperature reached 34 ° C.
Lisa Easton said the tragedy brought back horrible memories.
The mother said that in January 2018 her daughter Violet, now three, was in a bus from the same company on the Gold Coast for more than an hour.
Mrs. Easton said that if an employee had not seen Violet on the bus when they put out the trash, she could have met the same fate.
She has started a petition calling for the company to close if it did not overhaul the safety procedures, which it said were insufficient.
“To my knowledge at the time [Violet was enrolled] there was only one driver, at most two adults on the bus, “she told Daily Mail Australia.
Lisa Easton’s daughter Violet (pictured together) was left in a Goodstart Early Learning bus on the Gold Coast for more than an hour in January 2018
People have written cards and left flowers and teddy bears for the boy and his family
“They used a clipboard from time to time and took it off, but that was mainly for handing in.”
She said the company told her it had changed its procedures after the trial of Violet.
“They promised me they now had three staff members on each bus who would cross before they would do a final sweep. It was so worded that I believed it was across the board, “she said.
“I started the petition, because when the Violet came over, I wanted to make sure they were incompetent and that I wasn’t going to sit back. They must be overhauled or fully implemented. They have shown that they cannot train staff. “
Mrs. Easton, whose daughter is unable to attend childcare and has developed fears since her ordeal, said she has been shattered for the boy’s family.
‘Eventually I could hug my daughter and get peace out of it. But this mother can’t, “she said.
A toddler was found dead Tuesday in the minibus for childcare (photo) outside a primary school in Edmonton, Queensland
‘I want to tell the boy’s parents to stay strong and get support as much as possible. There are no words – I mean what can you say?
“I tried to ensure that this never happened. I am very sorry. “
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Goodstart Early Learning for comments.
The daycare center has previously insisted on strict safety procedures.
Mrs. Easton (pictured with Violet in 2018) started a petition to close the company after a three-year-old boy was found Tuesday afternoon in a company bus in Cairns
But sources close to the center said that the Daily Mail Australia staff ‘constantly changed’ and that the ‘expired’ center ‘had no consistency’.
It is also clear that the protocol, which stipulates that a child must be registered on and off the bus, may not have been followed – allow the toddler to brood for six hours on Tuesday.
In a catalog with potentially fatal errors, insiders said:
- They should be children strict checked in and out of the minibus
- The minibus is understaffed with only a caregiver, who is also the driver
- If the child does not come to daycare, the family must be straight away contacted
- Main checks are supposed to be performed every 30 minutes, as well as eating records
- Site checks must also be carried out to ensure that every young person is accounted for
The boy was found in a bus outside the Hambledon State School, just 1.7 km from his daycare center, Goodstart Early Learning, in Edmonton (photo)
Main controls are supposed to be performed every 30 minutes, with records of what young people eat and drink, which the staff would have warned that the toddler was missing.
It is not known if these procedures were not followed, but the young boy was eventually found at 3.15 p.m.
This means that the defenseless toddler could have been in the bus for a maximum of six hours because the temperatures in the area reached 34 ° C.
Such blown heat can quickly turn a stationary vehicle into a fatal fall.
His family is believed to be Aboriginal and is supported by indigenous family liaison officers.
The driver was said to be in a “distraught” condition that he was taken to the hospital with a shock and was not yet able to talk to the police.
It was understood that the tragedy struck when the little boy was left alone in the bus outside the Hambledon State School in Edmonton after older children were dropped off.
But the police insisted on Tuesday afternoon that the investigation was at an early stage and that they did not know whether the boy had been on the bus all day.
A source explained that the toddler was often picked up by the bus in the morning, along with other daycare centers and young students, and should have been followed.
“The little boy should have taken care of it all day,” the source said.
“He uses the bus service. Childcare also does before and after school care, which is why it was at school.
“It seems that after getting up in the morning and school, he had forgotten until the afternoon run.”
The center was closed on Wednesday after the tragedy, with an ominous sign in the parking garage with the text “Do not leave babies and children in parked cars.”
The Goodstart Early Learning center in Edmonton (photo) was closed on Wednesday after the tragedy
A sign outside of Goodstart Early Learning (photo) in Edmonton advises staff and visitors not to leave children in parked cars
An insider explained that, according to the procedure, the toddler should have been registered on the bus and then had to be deregistered again when he was safe at the daycare.
If he was not seen at the daycare center, it would be the right way for caregivers to contact his family and check his whereabouts.
“Many procedures don’t seem to be followed,” they explained.
“It is there for a reason. And if only one of those policies and procedures had been followed above, would it be different?
‘The center is closed today and it already has a bad name. How would anyone want to leave their baby there and get him on the bus? ”
The five-room center, which usually has around 12 employees, can accommodate 70 children.
But it is understood that the center was not full at the time of the tragedy.
It comes when Julia Davison, the CEO of Goodstart Early Learning, admitted to Sunrise that her team “doesn’t know what happened.”
Detectives investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the child (photo) outside a primary school in Queensland
“All our 15,000 educators have been destroyed and shocked,” she said.
“It is the worst nightmare of any family that something can happen to their child and it is the worst nightmare of any educator that something can happen to a child they care for.”
The source added that constant staff changes at the center made it less safe.
“When the new Childs World Centers were opened, there was a lot of competition and they lost a lot of families and staff, just like you,” they said.
‘The staff that stayed, changed constantly, always new educators in the room and no consistency.
Julia Davison, CEO of Goodstart Early Learning, called the incident “the worst nightmare of any parent” (photo) at Sunrise
“And as you know, that is never good for small children who are left behind.
‘It has also fallen slightly. If there is always a new educator, it is not nice to leave your babies there. “
The CEO of the center, Mrs. Davison, said it would now stop both morning pick-up and afternoon drop-in,
“We don’t know what happened, we just know that something went wrong yesterday,” she said.
‘We have decided that we will end our collection and return service from today. That has been a very difficult decision for us.
Emergency services were called Tuesday afternoon (photo) after the boy’s body was found
What happens to children who stay behind in hot cars?
Children’s bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults
The younger the child, the more vulnerable they are
On a day of 29 ° C, the temperature in a car can reach 44 ° C in just ten minutes
This can cause ‘serious injury’ and brain damage
After 20 minutes the temperature reaches a fatal 60.2 ° C, which could kill
Turning down the windows or parking in the shade will do little, since it does not affect the car’s core temperature
‘We are going to stop temporarily and we know that many children without our collection and hand-in service will not have access to high-quality early learning.
“But we think we should just pause for a few days while thinking about whether we can do other things to improve the security of our transfers.
‘We usually already had many procedures and processes and training, but we want to see what we can do to strengthen that. And we will undoubtedly have learned from the investigation, but at this stage we do not know what happened yesterday. “
She insisted that the center “always had enough staff on the bus” and that there was a procedure to check children from the list.
The incident is being investigated by the police.
Children are seen arriving at the Hambledon State School (photo) on Wednesday, hours after the toddler in the neighborhood was found dead
“It is still in the beginning and a number of factors can play a role here and we will explore all options,” said inspector Jason Smith Nine on Tuesday.
“The death of a child is terrible and that’s why it’s so important for us to find out.”
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Ms. Davison said: “Goodstart Early Learning expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a little boy who died under our care in Cairns yesterday.
Hambledon State School wrote on social media that it postponed a planned parent meeting after the tragedy (photo) outside the gates
‘It is a great responsibility to take care of a child and every day tens of thousands of families entrust their dear children to us. It is not a responsibility that we take lightly.
“Although we do not yet understand the circumstances of yesterday’s tragedy, we will of course do everything in our power to assist the authorities in their investigation.
“On behalf of every Goodstart center throughout Australia and our 15,000 team members, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the family that has suffered so much tragic loss.
“We will of course offer them every possible help.”
The company offers guidance to staff and families.
The boy was found on Tuesday afternoon in a minibus parked outside the Hambledon State School (photo)