Isaac Mayor Anne Baker thanked residents for their patience during the closure.
Isaac Mayor Anne Baker thanked residents for their patience during the closure.

"Torture" childcare centre reopened in Moranbah

A PARENTS' advisory committee has been established in partnership with the Moranbah Early Learning Centre to improve consultation and communication with families whose children are enrolled at the centre.

A full audit of compliance and standards of MELC was conducted and completed by independent consultants Haber Childcare, and the centre reopened on Monday.

The move follows the centre's closure late last month after charges of alleged torture and deprivation of liberty were laid against an employee.

The woman, 21, is due to face court on October 25.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker thanked parents and families for their patience during the closure.

"I am pleased we have been able to reopen the centre so parents can once again have access to this vital community service," Cr Baker said.

The council has reassured parents the appropriate standards of care were being met by MELC staff. Intensive training was carried out with staff to reinforce their obligations and national childcare standards.

Independent agency King and Company was continuing to investigate the incident, but advice given to the council said there were no staffing issues.

Those opinions and that of Haber Childcare led to the centre's reopening.

The council issued a statement saying the centre was at 70% capacity, which was understood to be the typical attendance for the facility.

The council also said it was unable to comment further on the investigation into the allegations at the centre.


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