Childcare shut down after 4yo slapped in face
THE NSW Administrative Tribunal has revoked the license of a family daycare centre after a four-year-old boy was slapped in the face for fighting with other children. The female owner of the centre unsuccessfully appealed the decision on 31 May.
"Why did you do that? He is only a child"
The owner of the centre was making food in the kitchen when the trouble started. Her husband was in the play area watching the kids. The tribunal heard that the four-year-old "was pulling pieces of a floor puzzle and hitting other children with them."
The owner's husband told the boy to stop, but he didn't listen. Then the boy began to hit the husband. "[The husband] yelled at [the boy] and then hit him on the left cheek."
According to the owner's statement, no mark was visible on the child's cheek immediately after the incident, but when he woke from his nap, there was a red mark. She applied an ice pack.
"Why did you do that? He is only a child," she scolded her husband. According to the report, the husband told his wife he didn't understand why he couldn't control himself.
They apologised to the little boy and when his mum came to pick him up, the owner said she was honest with her about what happened.
"I'm sorry about what happened. I didn't take care of him"
The next day, the little boy's aunt made a complaint to the local council. The owner came to make a statement through a Vietnamese interpreter.
"We both say sorry to her about what happened, didn't take care of the [boy well] … [The boy] is usually a naughty boy and maybe some parent know how he is. He always hits another children, and take something to make another children cry."
In spite of the boy's "naughty" behaviour, the owner reiterated that she had said sorry to the mum. "I told mum, [your boy] today he hit another children and hit my husband too, he didn't listen, didn't listen and he fell and he … and my husband take him out and hit face like that [hand gestures] and say sorry to her about what happened. I didn't take care of him good."
"I wanted to call the police"
Ten days later, the boy's mum also made a statement to local council through a Vietnamese translator.
The mum stated that she asked her son what happened to his face and he said, "Uncle hit me … Uncle whacked me."
According to the statement, when the mum texted the owner a photo of the injury, the owner explained her husband was stressed. The owner and her husband came to the family's house to apologise.
"I guess I am stressed too because I have no job and my back is sore," the husband said. "I don't know why I did that. I whacked him."
The husband and wife begged the boy's mum not to call the police. The mum said she wanted to call but was concerned about what would happen. "Maybe they will arrest him and the children will lose their father and husband, has two sons, because in my country I see plenty childcare hit children."
"Your family daycare has been deregistered"
The council family daycare unit found the owner responsible for a number of breaches, including failing to properly supervise the kids, to give first aid, to complete an incident report and to remove her husband from the room with the kids.
The owner appealed to tribunal, but the appeal was dismissed because the tribunal said the woman's failure to notify the council about the incident was "serious".
"… of concern is the Tribunal finding that [the owner] failed to report to the Council that a child in her care had been injured."
This story originally appeared in Kidspot and has been republished with permission.