Media Release Thursday 10 September 2015

The government has yet another opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the
Conder Early Learning Centre’s incident where unsupervised children
swallowed sleeping tablets, Shadow Minister for Family and Community
Services Nicole Lawder said today.

“A compliance notice issued regarding the incident in July highlighted a number of
serious failures,” Ms Lawder said.

- A child was released into the care of a person without written authorisation to
collect the child.
- Medication was not stored according to centre policy.
- The notice also stated – Child enrolment forms have not been updated
regularly to incorporate new health information or authorisations.

“Parents will be pleased that the inquiry is completed although it is unfortunate that
procedures were not adequately followed in this case. The incident was frightening
for all involved and the outcomes could have been much worse.

“The ACT Childcare regulator must keep on top of these issues and ensure
compliance activities are undertaken in a timely manner. This is another
unacceptable incident for the ACT Education Minister Joy Burch to learn from.

“Parents place their trust in childcare on a daily basis. It’s imperative that everything
possible is done to ensure a safe environment for children,” Ms Lawder concluded.

Contact: Joe Prevedello 0402768432