A four-year-old NZ girl deemed a safety risk has been expelled from her child care centre after a series of allegedly aggressive incidents.

According to the child’s mother, the day care in Auckland, said the toddler had slammed a teacher’s foot in the door, thrown furniture, swore, and hurt other children.

The mother has made a formal complaint to the Ministry of Education, saying she received a letter from Pukeko Early Learning Centre discontinuing her daughter’s education.

She said her child had always been challenging and strong-willed, but she was “disgusted” to receive a letter from the Pukeko Learning Centre saying her daughter was discontinued.

She alleged the centre had “emotionally abused” her daughter, causing her to act out, including leaving her sitting alone in an office.

‘I think they were just against me and making her out to be this monster she wasn’t,’ she told Stuff NZ.

‘It guts me. As her mum, I feel like I failed her.’

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Education assigned an early intervention teacher to help the centre deal with her behaviour.

However, the mother still received nine calls from the day care in a four-week period before she was expelled.

Pukeko ELC director Kathryn Flay said the decision to expel the child had been investigated by the Ministry and was found to be appropriate.

‘Obviously we had the best interest of the child at heart, so we are very concerned that the outcome is the best for her,’ Flay said.

The Ministry of Education said they were in communication with the mother and were making sure she had information about the investigation.

The 4-year-old had been at a new daycare for the past five weeks, and the mother said no issues had arisen with teachers saying she was just like any other child.

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  • I feel there may be more to this story that we aren’t hearing, but if the child has been moved to another care facility and no issues have popped up, then it seems that this is a better fir for her and she has settled in well. This is a good outcome and hopefully no other issues arise


  • Hopefully there is a little more of an investigation into this. If the child is not the issue then so,done at the daycare must be.


  • Sounds there’ a bit more to this story.
    From any normal child we expect it to submit to rules and we don’t accept aggression.
    However this is not a High school child, but only a 4yr old !
    A 4yr old behaving in this way, could indicate a child with problems. The fact that the Ministry of Education assigned an early intervention teacher to help the centre deal with her behaviour, earlier this year, confirms that.
    Maybe this child needs a special placement. Investigation about the incidents and the child are sure needed.
    The fact that so far no problems have occurred in the 5 weeks she’s in a new daycare center, doesn’t say so much. You often see a honeymoon period at the beginning of a new placement.


  • I always though that early learning centres were to help the child socialise and become an acceptable part of the community. Expelling the child is hardly likely to have the correct outcome.


  • I think if all avenues of support had been exhausted and she was hurting others then it is an acceptable decision.


  • If the child is hurting other children I think it’s reasonable to kick the kid out of childcare. It’s not acceptable behaviour.


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