Pat's Schoolhouse in a fix over 'minimum space' rule
A childcare centre has been forced to scrap its new infant care services after parents found that it violated a little-known rule giving each child a minimum amount of space.
The Pat's Schoolhouse branch in Mount Emily even had the length of its licence cut from 24 months to six so that the national early-childhood regulator can keep a closer eye on it.
When parents and children returned for the first day of school on Jan 2, they discovered new arrangements in place at the centre, which is housed in a bungalow next to Mount Emily Park.
Four classes, for two- to four-year-olds, had been crammed into a sub-divided hall that previously housed two classes. And instead of napping in their own classrooms, some of the pupils in full-day childcare had to nap in another room.