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Routine Spot Checks Find Many ECE Teachers Have Not Had Mandatory Working with Children Security Checks

Secuity checks found not to have been done for 1100 Childcarers/ECE teachers. 

Sydney, Sept, 2012 - More than 1100 New South Wales childcare centre workers have not had mandatory working with children checks.

The NSW Education Department is writing to every childcare centre in the state after it was discovered that 1100 childcare workers at Goodstart Childcare Centres had not gone through mandatory working with children checks.

Ruth Callaghan from Early Childhood Education and Care at the NSW Department of Education told Sarah McDonald that the problem was picked up through routine spot checks.

Goodstart Childcare Centres, which were formerly run by ABC Learning, then discovered that 1100 of their staff at 123 centres were without the appropriate documentation.

"My understanding is that Goodstart, when alerted to the issue, then did an internal audit through their HR System," Ms Callaghan said.

It's not clear how long these workers have been employed without the appropriate checks.

Goodstart has since reworked its rostering to ensure that workers that have not had the checks done are not left unsupervised with a child.

"We're very concerned to ensure that this situation is remedied and that's why the department is writing to all providers across the state to make sure their staff have had these checks done, Ms Callaghan said

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