Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Suspension of licences

30 Suspension of licences

(1)

The Secretary may, by written notice to the licensed service provider, suspend the service’s licence, if satisfied on reasonable grounds that—

(a)

it is not in the interests of the children attending or participating in the service for the service to continue to operate; or

(b)

the service provider has—

(i)

physically ill-treated a child; or

(ii)

in guiding or controlling a child, subjected the child to solitary confinement or deprived the child of food, drink, warmth, shelter, mobility, or protection or failed to ensure that the child is not ill-treated; or

(iii)

failed to prevent a person reasonably suspected of doing anything referred to in subparagraph (i) or (ii) from having contact with the children or, if necessary, to exclude that person from the service; or

(c)

the service provider has failed to take all reasonable steps to ensure that children participating in the service do not come into contact with any member of staff or any other person involved in the provision of the service who is suffering from a disease or condition—

(i)

capable of being passed on to children; and

(ii)

likely to have a detrimental effect on children if passed on to them.

(2)

If satisfied that a licensed early childhood service is no longer under the control of its licensed service provider, the Secretary may, by written notice to the licensed service provider, suspend the service’s licence.

(3)

If satisfied that the service provider for a licensed early childhood service has not given the service’s licence to the Secretary after it has been reclassified as a provisional licence (as required by regulation 15(2)(a)), the Secretary may, by written notice to the service provider, suspend the service’s licence.