A four-year-old has been expelled from her daycare after being deemed a risk to staff and children.
According to the girl's mother, Pukeko Learning Centre in Auckland's Stanmore Bay claimed the girl was a "safety risk" after allegedly slamming a teacher's foot in a door, throwing furniture, swearing and hurting other children, reports Stuff. The mother wasn't named.
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She called the expulsion "disgusting" and has complained to the Ministry of Education. She defended her daughter, alleging the centre had "emotionally abused" the girl, causing her to lash out.
The ministry assigned an early intervention teacher to help deal with the behavioural issues, Stuff reports, but while the strategies were working at home according to the mother, in August she started receiving complaints from the daycare centre.
The mother said she received nine calls in a four-week period to pick her daughter up from the centre due to behaviour which had "escalated to above their control". She said this had caused immense strain to her employment.
Ministry of Education national director for learning support David Wales confirmed they investigated the allegations, but found the daycare had not breached any regulations.
Now the mother is calling on early childhood educators to upskill to deal with future children with similar issues.
In the five weeks since the expulsion, the girl has been at a new daycare, and the mother said no issues have arisen since.