Former childcare worker sentenced for unreasonable discipline.

A woman who firmly grabbed children by the wrists at a Canberra day care centre has been given three good behaviour bonds.

Rajani Gautam, 50, was one of four employees of the Civic Early Childhood Centre charged after an audit at the facility in February last year.

Gautam pleaded guilty to three charges of subjecting a child to discipline that was unreasonable in the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The charges related to three separate incidents where Gautam firmly grabbed the wrists of three children on separate occasions dating back to 2014.

The three charges replaced an original charge of common assault that was earlier dropped by the prosecution.

Gautam apologised as she entered each plea of guilty today.

Magistrate Glenn Thickston said he did not believe a conviction was necessary because Gautam entered an early guilty plea and showed remorse.

He also noted the financial hardship Gautam had endured since she lost her job at the centre.

Earlier this year, a 61-year-old former childcare worker who smacked two children at the centre was convicted and fined $400.

In May, another former worker, who was charged with assault, had their offences dismissed on the grounds of mental impairment.

A fourth former worker at the centre, Jasmina Lemesh, 62, has pleaded not guilty to common assault.

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