Even though the woman, in her 20s, was neither a parent nor a staff member at Miramar’s A’oga Amata Childcare Centre, the ministry is continuing to monitor the Samoan community centre.
A ministry spokeswoman said a staff member saw someone “inappropriately restraining” a child during a visit to the centre on April 23. The child was not hit or hurt, but the ministry staffer immediately told the centre’s head teacher and the woman involved was banned from the centre during opening hours.
The centre was not closed, and no further incidents had been reported, the ministry said.
“We are continuing to monitor the centre to ensure all children are safe.”
The centre’s management committee chairwoman, Tuitama Leaupepe, told The Dominion Post the incident was a “wakeup call”.
The daughter of the centre’s supervisor had been on the floor with the children and was seen “stopping” a 4-year-old boy from hitting another child by putting her hand on his arm, she said.
However, she did not see the incident, so could not be sure.