18 November 2016
This afternoon a four-year-old boy died after a tragic accident on playground equipment at an early childhood education centre in Takapuna on Auckland's North Shore.
“This is very sad and our thoughts go out to the boy’s family and the community at the Angels Childcare Centre,” ChildForum’s chief executive Dr Sarah Alexander said today.
At this stage details as to what piece of equipment was involved and how the accident happened are lacking. So it is not possible yet to assess if this specific equipment risk exists in other early childhood centres and playgrounds.
It is rare for a child to die in early childhood education but there have been a number of serious accidents and harm cases over recent years which indicate a need for more regular checking by the Ministry of Education and the Education Review Office.
ERO’s website states that its last report on the Angels Childcare centre was in August 2014 and it was due to be reviewed again within two years. In 2014 ERO said the centre required support to improve the quality of the programme, leadership capability, governance and management in order to improve positive learning outcomes for children.
Angels Childcare is a large early education service. It is approved by the Ministry of Education to have up to 70 children at any one time, including up to 25 babies.