The Dunedin preschool which 2-year-old Regan Preston left
unnoticed by staff last month, has kept its licence.
It was decided Punavai o le Atamai Pre-School would keep its
licence after the Ministry of Education completed an
investigation into Regan's disappearance, ministry early
learning, parents and whanau, deputy secretary Rawiri Brell
''We ... are satisfied that the [preschool] took swift action
to address the issue of child safety and that it is
undertaking a review of their systems and processes,'' Mr
''Its licence will therefore not be downgraded.''
The ministry would continue to monitor and support the
preschool ''to ensure that the action taken is appropriate,
timely and responsive'', he said.
Multiple attempts to contact Punavai o le Atamai Pre-School
chairman Posala Tioa yesterday were unsuccessful.
The ministry determined Regan was able to leave the preschool
on August 18, undetected by the eight staff working, by
exiting through a gate with a broken hinge.
Regan crossed Macandrew Rd and walked down the street to a
Veggie Boys store, about 100m away, before he was found by a
Last month, the ministry said the broken gate was fixed and a
second gate was being installed.