Coast Child Care Better; Local Centres Fare Well in Damning Industry Statistics

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Byline: Anne-Louise Brown

SUNSHINE Coast childcare centres have fared better than most in damning documents released on the Queensland Education website.

Disgusting conditions, including instances of animal excrement in playgrounds and dangerous play equipment, have been revealed in the documents.

But Coast facilities fared well, with only three failing to remedy compliance issues within a designated time in the past two years.

The documents show 136 compliance letters were sent to childcare centres from the Coast to Caboolture in 2008, outlining breaches needed to be fixed. In the period to September 22 this year, 87 had been sent.

The compliance letters serve as a warning to operators and, if the problems are not remedied, a compliance notice and fine is issued.

To date, no compliance notices have been issued in the Coast district this year, with three issued in 2008. A notice was issued to one child care provider after two unsupervised children left the premises and went on to the road to play. …