News item here.
A mother arrived at a Darwin childcare centre, apparently 10 minutes before the centre normally would close, to find that it was locked up and there was no sign of her little eight-month-old son. She thought other relatives had picked him up but couldn’t get in touch with them. At 7 pm she went back to the centre and heard her son screaming inside the locked centre.
Why was the centre closed early and why was a little kid left inside on his own?
Even if a parent arrives late (I do not know if the mother was on time, early or late, although she says she was early), there’s no reason why a staff member should not wait for the parent. There are policies in place in every centre that I know of to cover these situations, including fining the parents for being late.
And why was the sign in/sign out sheet not checked before staff left for the day? That’s one of the simplest ways to keep track. Parents sign in their children, with the time and their signature. Same process in the afternoon when they collect them. Something seems very odd about this.
I admit that I am paranoid about this and I make sure that I pick up DD from childcare well before the closing time.