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PostSubject: 'Shocking conditions' uncovered in Queensland childcare centres   November 13th 2009, 10:45 pm

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SHOCKING conditions have been uncovered in Queensland childcare centres, including animal faeces in play areas, floors in danger of collapse, dangerous play equipment and loose wires.

Unsupervised children, poorly qualified staff, unacceptable child-to-staff ratios and unresponsive carers were also discovered during recent compliance visits.

The incidents, including some at centres that continually defied calls to fix problems, have sparked an unprecedented crackdown on operators, including naming-and-shaming laws passed by State Parliament last month, The Courier-Mail reports.

Documents obtained from the Education Department's website show more than 2400 compliance letters notifying centres of regulation breaches were sent last year, with 1864 sent before September 22 this year.

Despite some continuous breaches, no centres were closed.

One centre had more than 100 problems identified over one month alone.

It was found to have vermin and rat faeces in play areas, little or no supervision in different age groups, accessible power and exposed leads, slides with exposed fibreglass, worn beds with exposed foam, walls with flaking paint and child access to chemical products.

The centre, understood to be in the Mackay area, was asked to show cause why it shouldn't have its licence suspended.

One termite-ridden centre in the Moreton Bay region was suspended last June after floors were found to be in danger of collapse.

At another centre, children ate from tables "with evidence of bird faeces, paint and dirt".

The centres, which as of February 1 will be named if they repeatedly or seriously breach regulations, have not been named in the documents.

Education Minister Geoff Wilson said the conditions found in some centres were "completely unacceptable".

"Parents pay to send their children to these centres and they expect their children to be well cared for in a safe environment," he said.

"That's why we're taking these steps to ensure that centres are properly regulated and monitored."

Childcare Queensland president Gwynn Bridge, who represents 800 of the state's 1400 long day care centres, maintained that most child care operators did the right thing.

Other appalling conditions included dead cockroaches on playroom floors, broken balustrades and fences, flaking paint, overflowing toilets, insufficient toys and play equipment, hazardous gates, unhygienic food preparation and unsanitary nappy bins.

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PostSubject: Re: 'Shocking conditions' uncovered in Queensland childcare centres   November 14th 2009, 1:47 am

Evil or Very Mad
That is just utterly disgusting - no other words for it!

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PostSubject: Re: 'Shocking conditions' uncovered in Queensland childcare centres   November 14th 2009, 4:02 am

OMG thats its appauling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 'Shocking conditions' uncovered in Queensland childcare centres   November 14th 2009, 9:16 am

omg! that is shocking.

shame on them!
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PostSubject: Re: 'Shocking conditions' uncovered in Queensland childcare centres   November 14th 2009, 1:24 pm

agreed with the other girls DISGUSTING!!!!

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