Sector looks to learn from young child's daycare death


The Early Childhood Council (ECC) will be looking for any lessons that can be learned from the death of a four-year-old boy at an Auckland preschool.

The child, named by the New Zealand Herald as Aldrich Viju, died at Angels Daycare in Takapuna on Friday following a playground accident involving a slide and a rope.

His visibly distraught family were comforted at the scene, and a trauma team from the Ministry of Education was on hand to support staff from the centre.

ECC CEO Peter Reynolds says children must take risks as part of their development, but no childcare centre would expect something like this to happen.

"We don't want to wrap them in cotton wool, but at the same time we do have this obligation to keep children safe - that's really important."

Mr Reynolds says the ECC is offering its support to the centre's workers, who are deeply affected by the tragedy.

"It's just a horrible thing to have happen. Nobody in the early childhood education sector ever envisages something like this occurring," he says.

"I know that the service will be absolutely mortified, I know that their heart will be pouring out to the family concerned."

WorkSafe NZ and the police are investigating.

The Auckland Malayali community have reached out to the family of Aldrich.

The boy's parents are members of the Auckland Malayali Samajam Incorporated, a charity celebrating the South Indian ethnic group's culture, and on its Facebook page there is a tribute with a photo of the boy.

Members from the organisation visited the family's home on Friday evening to provide support.

The childcare centre is privately owned and operated.

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