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6 Year Old Escapes OOSH, Council Fined $4500

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On, 8 December 2017 an incident took place at Brunswick Head OOSH, where a 6-year-old child left the service through an unfenced area of the school. 

Educators noticed the missing child at around 5:10 pm and started searching the school grounds. Half an hour later, the child returned to the service along with their mother.

The incident was reported by the Council themselves to the NSW Department Of Education and an investigation commenced.

In court, on 2 May 2019, the Council plead guilty to the offence for failing to ensure that a child being educated and cared for by the service was adequately supervised at all times.  Byron Shire Council was fully co-operatable with proceedings.

Ever since the incident had occurred, the Council had made a significant effort to restructure the physical environment surrounding the OOSH Service and review its policies and procedures to prevent a similar incident from occurring.

Reference: 
"Council Fined $4,500 For Wandering Child", EchoNetDaily, 4 June 2019

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