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Childcare worker dismissed after toddler was found playing in toilet bowl

Unfair DismissalAugust 25, 2014

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Childcare centres are often targets for employment relations issues, the health and safety of children is an industry which must be fine-tuned. In an article this week a childcare worker was dismissed after an infant was found playing in a toilet bowl. The employee filed for unfair dismissal and won. The case found that there was not an adequate child to supervisor ratio and that the childcare centre was not properly fitted with childproof constraints.

The childcare worker was supervising 9 toddlers 5 of whom were asleep, her colleague was on a break and she was forced to leave some of the children unattended while she was with other babies in the changing rooms. By leaving the toddlers unattended it was deemed neglectful and she was sacked. The employers of the childcare centre did not tell the parents of the infant even though they saw the incident as very serious. The employee was not given the opportunity to have a support person in the formal disciplinary meeting. Both of these mishaps ruled that the dismissal was unfair.

When running a business employers need to acknowledge a duty of care for clients, customers and staff. Employers can encourage the safe and appropriate operations of a business if they instil sound work practices and instructions to staff. This can be achieved through workplace policies and procedures. Staff as a result know that their employers have trust and investment in their staff who then perform better.

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*Information sourced via The Journal website.

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