Rockingham child care centre fined after Down syndrome child wanders off

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A ROCKINGHAM child care centre has been ordered to pay $10,000 after a child with Down syndrome left the facility and was found wandering on the road.

Helping Hands Rockingham Beach (Rockingham Beach Primary School) was alleged to have contravened national law in February, by failing to ensure that children receiving education and care at its service were adequately supervised at all times.

The child, aged six, left the service unnoticed and unsupervised and was found wandering on the road 100 metres from the service.

An application for disciplinary action by the Department of Local Government and Communities was filed to the State Administrative Tribunal on July 27.

The matter was resolved by written agreement between the parties.

Last month the tribunal ordered the centre to pay a penalty of $8000 and to pay $2000 towards the Department of Local Government and Communities’ legal costs.