CHILD EDUCATION: Sally Bellis is upset that her kids have been kicked out of their childcare centre with no notice. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
CHILD EDUCATION: Sally Bellis is upset that her kids have been kicked out of their childcare centre with no notice. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Kids kicked out of childcare centre

TWO children have lost their spots at a Bundaberg childcare centre after management accused their mother of breaching its policy by complaining about the centre's services to other people.

But the centre's assistant director has admitted she doesn't even know what mum Sally Bellis was alleged to have said.

Mrs Bellis was handed a letter by a staff member at Early Years Education and Child Care Centre on Branyan Rd on Monday when she went to collect her children, aged two and 11, saying as of 6pm that day her children's position at the centre had been terminated.

The letter stated: "It has been brought to our attention that you are significantly unhappy with our service. This was brought to our attention via members of the public which is extremely disappointing."

The letter went on to point out the centre's grievance procedure, that the service seemed unable to "adequately meet your family's needs at this time" and, as a result, the children's positions had been immediately terminated.

Mrs Bellis said she was shocked by the letter, claiming she had not spoken ill of the centre to anyone.

"On the weekend, my daughter had a birthday party and three mothers were there talking about the centre, saying they weren't happy, but I didn't get involved.

"I don't think (the centre) saying they've heard rumours from the public is good enough."

Mrs Bellis said she was also disappointed the centre did not even contact her for her side of the story.

"They've got a policy that if you've got a problem to go see management, but that should go both ways - they could have come and seen me if they had a problem," she said.

Centre assistant director Kristy Ramsay told the NewsMail Mrs Bellis had breached the school's policy.

"Her position was terminated because she had a party on the weekend, to which we got informed was an Early Years Education Child Care 'bitchfest'," she said.

"The fact was she didn't come to us and didn't follow our agreements policy."

Ms Ramsay said "every" person at the party had spoken to management about the alleged incident, but admitted Mrs Bellis herself had not been spoken to.

Ms Ramsay admitted she did not know what Mrs Bellis had allegedly said.

"I didn't want to know, to be honest," she said.
 



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