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Childcare company responsible for toddler death left girl on bus two years prior

Police are investigating how a three-year-old boy was left to die in a childcare bus in Far North Queensland. Now, another mum has come forward saying the same thing almost happened to her baby daughter two years ago when she was left on a bus run by the same child care company. Mother Lisa Easton told A Current Affair she is in disbelief that this has happened again, and that this time a toddler has died as a result. "I never thought this could happen to a child. I thought I could believe that the system had changed and they'd put the proper procedures in place," she said. But it seems that the company had not. Yesterday, a three-year-old boy was found...

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Cairns child care death: Queensland boy found dead in mini-bus outside Edmonton school

Queensland Police says it will investigate “all possibilities” after a three-year-old boy was found dead in the back of a daycare mini-bus south of Cairns on Tuesday afternoon. The boy was found at the front of Hambledon State School on Stokes Street in Edmonton about 3.15pm. Queensland Police Far North Inspector Jason Smith said investigators will work to piece together exactly what happened in the hours before the child was discovered. “We’re just trying to work out exactly what’s happened between now and when he should have been delivered to the daycare centre,” he said according to The Courier-Mail. Inspector Smith said police “don’t know at this stage” whether it was heat-related. “It is early days, and a number of factors...

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Childcare package all but gone 18 months after introduction

The federal government's $2.5 billion childcare package has dried up for some parents just 18 months after its introduction as operators drive up prices more than three times faster than the rate of inflation. So concerned is the government over how its signature childcare policy is being eroded that Education Minister Dan Tehan will meet operators to find new ways to keep a lid on prices while he commissions a review of key parts of the system. When the new subsidy program was introduced on July 1, 2018, there was an 11.8 per cent fall in childcare costs across the nation. In Melbourne and Canberra the drop was more than 19 per cent, they fell by 9.7 per cent in...

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Adverse childhood experiences more likely for children with special health needs

The prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is higher among children and youth with special health care needs, researchers from Child Trends’ have found.  The term ‘special health care needs’ refers to any physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioural, cognitive or emotional impairment that requires medical management, health care intervention, and/or the use of specialised services or programs.  ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occur in a child or young person’s life, up until the age of 17 years. Some examples of ACEs include:  experiencing violence or abuse witnessing violence in the home or community having a family member attempt or die by suicide ACEs also include aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding...

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