A childcare teacher faces a charge of serious misconduct for pulling a child across a room and "plonking" him on the deck outside.

The teacher, whose name is suppressed, worked at Best Start's First Steps centre in Onslow Rd, Papakura, when the incidents took place in June last year.

The child, aged 4, was described by other staff at a Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal hearing in Auckland today as having "challenging behaviours".

"[He] was very sweet but he had a lot of troubles which stemmed from his home life," said Kelsi McLennan, who was a caregiver at the centre at the

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