More than 3000 “serious incidents’’ in which children were injured at daycare, preschools and after-school care were recorded in 2017/18.
More than 3000 “serious incidents’’ in which children were injured at daycare, preschools and after-school care were recorded in 2017/18.

Thousands of kids hurt in day care: report

MORE than 3000 Queensland babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers were seriously injured in day care - including two who died - last year, statistics show.

Data published by the Productivity Commission today reveals 3158 "serious incidents'' in daycare, preschools and after-school care during 2017/18.

Two children died and 2359 suffered a serious "injury, traumatisation or illness'' in care, with ambulances called 450 times.

Children were locked in or out of a centre, taken away without authorisation or "unaccounted for'' 347 times.

Most injuries happened in long day care centres, with 1998 "serious incidents'' compared to 885 in outside school hours care, 122 in family day care and 148 in preschools.

Nationally, four children died in day care, 12,475 suffered a serious injury, trauma or illness and 1274 children were locked in or out of centres or went missing.

The Productivity Commission report defines a serious injury as one requiring urgent medical attention from a doctor - such as a broken limb - and a serious illness as requiring a trip to hospital, such as a severe asthma attack, seizure of anaphylaxis reaction.

Two children died while in childcare, or following an "incident'' in childcare.

The report does not identify the cause or place of death, or give specific details of injuries, sickness or trauma.

Queensland's 2930 childcare providers breached regulations 3206 times last financial year - with the state government taking action against 82 per cent.

State Education Department records reveal it took enforcement action against five childcare centres and staff members during 2017/18.

The Courier-Mail does not suggest the actions related to serious injury or death.

In one case last year, the department forced an unnamed educator who used "inappropriate discipline'' to study a course in teaching young children to manage emotions.



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