A childcare teacher accused of mishandling a 4-year-old boy says she was just "holding his hand".

The teacher at Best Start's First Steps centre in Onslow Rd, Papakura, faces a charge of serious misconduct arising from two allegations about her treatment of the boy.

The centre's administrator, Tracey Hazell, who was looking into the room from a window in her office, told the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal on Tuesday that she saw the teacher hold the boy's hand up by his wrist and pull him across the room at 1.25pm on June 13 last year.

A caregiver, Kelsi McLennan, said that

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