The out-of-school care lost two three-year-olds in a week, one of which escaped through a hole in the fence
- An after-school care service lost two three-year-old boys in less than a week
- Childcare provider OSHClub was fined $ 18,000 for the incidents on the Bicton site
- One of the children escaped from the playground through a hole in the fence
After-school care lost two three-year-old boys in less than a week, including one who escaped through a hole in the fence.
Childcare provider OSHClub was ordered to pay $ 18,000 to the Ministry of Communities for the incidents at the Bicton site in Perth on February 8-13, 2019.
The State Administrative Tribunal’s verdict stated that the first three-year-old boy enrolled in the service was “insufficiently supervised by OSHClub for approximately ten minutes.”
The child was found alone in front of his class on February 8 last year, without supervision from his nursery teacher.
Out-of-school care lost two three-year-old boys in less than a week, including one who escaped through a hole in the fence (image)
The digital tagging system and the coordinator had to check whether there were children in their class or not.
The incident was not reported by the coordinator, but the child’s parents heard from an older child who also attended the service.
Five days later, a second child, also three years old, was left unsupervised under the care of OSHClub.
The child was accompanied by 24 educators in the outdoor playground along with 24 other children.
Three out of four caregivers were informal employees and it was their first or second day at daycare.
There was an opening in the gate separating the outdoor playground from the teachers’ parking lot. The hole was not known to OSHClub staff at the time.
The child escaped through the hole and into the parking lot sometime between 3:45 PM and 4:15 PM.
His mother found him in the parking lot after she arrived at about 4:15 PM.
Childcare provider OSHClub was ordered to pay $ 18,000 to the Department of Communities for the incidents at the site in Bicton, Perth on February 8-13, 2019 (stock image)
The coordinator responsible for the first missing child was withdrawn after an investigation.
The incidents occurred the same week that a four-year-old child was found unsupervised while under the care of OSHClub in Treendale, near Bunbury.
He was found “unaccompanied and upset” by another parent on the side of the road. He told his caregiver that his mother said he could “come home if he didn’t like it.”
They were also fined $ 18,000.
A spokesman for the Department of Communities told it The Western Australian the incidents were “totally unacceptable”.
“The fact that one operator will be disciplined by the National Administrative Tribunal for three similar breaches of national law within a relatively short period of time is of great significance … and would also be of interest to parents with children attending the service,” he said.
OSHClub CEO Craig Napier said that they provide “absolutely” a safe environment for children when prompted by the publication.
Mr Napier said that they take full responsibility for the incidents and the fine.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted OSHClub and the Department of Communities for comment.