Kids playing jab-free in Warwick child cares, kindergartens
CHILD care centres and kindergartens across the Southern Downs continue to welcome non-vaccinated children, choosing not to adopt No Jab, No Play policies.
The No Jab, No Play laws, which started in January, give Queensland childcare centres to the right to refuse enrolment to children who are not up to date with vaccinations.
Of the eight child care centres the Daily News contacted yesterday, none had a No Jab, No Play policy.
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C&K kindergarten in Stanthorpe, Warwick and Allora was among them.
C&K CEO Michael Tizard said the childcare accepted non-vaccinated children because management believed every child had the right to quality early education.
He said the childcare continued to be pro-vaccination and to encourage and support vaccinations.
Little Tackers, Good Start Early Learning Centre, Warwick and District Family Day Care Association and Warwick Early Learning Centre also accept non-vaccinated children.
At Good Start Early Learning Centre, parents have to provide proof of whether their children are immunised or not.
A media spokeswoman said Goodstart encouraged all children to be immunised.
"Where there is a reason why children are not, cannot, or will not be immunised, we ask that parents provide a written statement confirming their child's non-immunised status," she said.
At Warwick Early Learning Centre, non-vaccinated children are excluded during an outbreak.
While Southern Downs MP Lawrence Springborg declined to comment on individual centres, he said No Jab, No Play was only in its early stages.
"I would encourage the adoption of any strategy to encourage immunisation," he said. "I just encourage people to vaccinate their children - it's absolutely critical."