SINGAPORE: A police report has been lodged by the parents of a baby allegedly scalded at a PAP Community Foundation (PCF) childcare centre in Jurong West.
A report has also been made to the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).
The nine-month-old baby suffered second degree burns on his arm.
According to PCF, a staff member had placed her cup of coffee on the floor to raise the blinds at a window.
She then placed him on the floor, and left to store the baby’s things.
That is when the incident happened.
PCF said the staff was negligent and appropriate action will be taken.
It will also review the environment and procedures at the centre.
PCF has apologised for what happened and said it will do everything to help the child recover.
The incident happened on October 2, but only came to light after a family friend uploaded photos of the child on her Facebook page on Tuesday.
The baby's mother said the centre offered to help with the insurance claims and medical bills.
But she wished the situation could have been better handled.
The baby’s mother said: "They should have asked the teacher to explain to us how it actually happened. I asked to speak to their higher management. They gave me a phone number and said to speak to this man.
“But he said, your baby is all right now, right? I said, what do you mean he's okay? He has second degree burns."
In a statement, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) said the safety of children is of utmost importance.
It said investigations are underway, and it is working with the centre to ensure safety guidelines are followed. - CNA/nd/fa
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