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NSW Childcare center under investigation after toddler left alone when the center closed.


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Another shocking tale of mistakes at a Childcare center.

When daddy arrived to collect his son from the Little Smarts Daycare Center in Blaxland he found the staff had already left for the day, leaving his child asleep inside.

He called the police who then forced their way inside and found the boy in an air-conditioned room.

The child’s parents declined to speak on camera and but told 7News, they are “very happy with the childcare centre and continue to use it”.

“The most important thing is our baby boy is safe,” they said.

The centre’s owner said the child was only unattended for 20 minutes due to a miscommunication between staff and that more checks were being put in place to avoid a repeat.

Nesha O’Neill from the Australian Childcare Alliance NSW said: “There is always going to be human error. We have very strong regulations in place that are designed to prevent this happening, and given the amount of children in care…it’s very, very rare”

Police said they will not be pursue the matter as the child was not injured.

The Department of Education said it will conduct a full investigation and appropriate action will be taken.

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  • That is absolutely shocking. Extremely poor form in regards to the irresponsible staff.

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  • The 2 previous stories mentioned on this site (the one linked above in Brisbane and the one that one links to in QLD) where children died occurred at family daycare homes, not daycare centres. Can I ask why you have not differentiated between the 2 in your articles when they are completely different models of care? It honestly seems like deliberate scare-mongering. I will be very interested to see if this comment gets published and has an answer. In situations like this where parents are making decisions about their childrens wellbeing it is important for the media to report the truth.

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  • Still a worry, imagine if it was any longer

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  • It’s Disgusting the place should loose it’s Licence The other mothers should take there kids out of this centre

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  • Oh dear – what a terrible mistake!

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  • In Adelaide Parents/guardians have to sign a book when they take their child in and again when they pick them up. Obviously the book wasn’t checked or they would have known the child was still there.

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  • What a scary thing to have happened to their child. Why is there not one person responsible to make sure all children have been picked up? This would definitely stop this from happening again. Just glad the child was okay.

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  • That young boy was very lucky there was no worse outcome of his misadventure

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  • nope not right! they left the baby and the aircon on. Did they not at least hear that and think, oh i will check that? this should have been avoided. there is no excuse for leaving a child unattended!

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  • Good on the parents for sticking with the Child care centre. They obviously know and trust them enough to understand this was a definite & unintended ‘mistake’. People are too quick to condemn people who make mistakes these days. However, things may have been different if the child was hurt. Glad the child was not in this instance.

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  • Thank goodness the little child was ok.

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  • What on earth?!!! I don’t know whether I would be so forgiving if that was my child!

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  • Wow. I would assume a thorough check of each Childcare room would take place before the centre is closed each day. Concerning.

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  • This is beyond scary. To think these are people we are supposed to be trusting to look after our children.

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  • to think of what could have happened..very scary

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