A Claremont creche has been fined $9000 and its supervisor $3000 after a two-year-old girl wandered out its creche and along a road.
A State Administrative Tribunal order published online reveals that Raff Investment Holdings, which owns the Tiny Beez child care centre on Alfred Road, and centre supervisor Ana-Lara Skinner, were the parties so fined.
According to the tribunal order, a two-year-old girl left Tiny Beez about 10am on July 23 last year.
A passing motorist saw the little girl wandering alongside busy Stubbs Terrace.
The motorist parked her car and walked into Tiny Beez to tell staff that the girl was wandering unsupervised along the road.
Tiny Beez staff retrieved the girl with help from another member of the public.
Tribunal member David MacLean heard that the girl had been placed in a room of older children which required half the staff-to-children ratio than the younger class she would have otherwise been in. This contravened national child care regulations.
Around the time the girl went missing she was outside with a group of 21 children with one educator who could not see any other educators outside.
In mitigation, Tiny Beez and Mrs Skinner successfully argued that the girl’s mother believed her child was cognitively, physically, socially and verbally advanced for her age and had asked that the toddler be included in the class that had older children.
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