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Creche fined after child, 5, left at Scitech

$8000 penalty and staff given formal warning.


A creche in the Bassendean suburb of Eden Hill has been fined $8000 and its staff given a warning after a child, 5, was left unattended for 90 minutes at Scitech after an excursion there ended.

A ruling published this week by State Administrative Tribunal president Jeremy Curthoys notes that Funtrain Enterprises, which runs a creche at Alf Faulkner Hall in Eden Hill admitted to leaving a child unsupervised for 90 minutes at Scitech on April 15.

The child, 5, had been on an excursion conducted by Funtrain which left Eden Hill at abut 10am and returned about 1pm.

The child was left behind at Scitech until between 1.30 and 2pm when Scitech staff there told Funtrain the child was still there.

The child had been left without any form of supervision for at least 90 minutes in a place accessible to the general public.

Funtrain did not conduct a roll call before leaving Scitech, but its staff did do a head count.

At a staff meeting the morning after the excursion, Funtrain issued all staff involved a formal verbal warning. New procedures were developed to prevent further juvenile disappearances.

Justice Curthoys ordered Funtrain to pay a penalty of $8000, and to contribute $1500 toward legal costs of the Department for Local Government and Communities which brought the case to the tribunal.

Photo: ‘SeanMack’, Wikimedia Commons

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