Ofsted called in to town nursery after child runs out and into a busy road

Ofsted visited the nursery and security will be imporved on outside gates.
Ofsted visited the nursery and security will be imporved on outside gates.

A CHILD being looked after by a town nursery was fortunate not to be hurt after running out of the building and into a busy road.

A complaint was made to independent body Ofsted following the incident at Hill Top Day Nursery in Barrowby Gate, Grantham.

Carer Stuart Hibbitt was walking along Barrowby Gate when the incident happened. He said he noticed the child, who he believed to be three or four-years-old, was outside of the nursery with nobody around.

Stuart said: “Before I knew it he was dashing towards the main road.

“I quickly secured my friend’s wheelchair but by time I had turned around he was already halfway across the first lane, straight in front of a transit van and a pick-up going in the other direction.

“Luckily the drivers had their wits about them and slammed on the brakes. A lady in the pick up immediately jumped out of her vehicle and grabbed the child and pulled him to safety while I ran to the nursery.”

Ofsted released a short report following the complaint into the incident on May 9.

In the report, Ofsted says: “We carried out an unannounced visit to the setting and found that there was no evidence of non-compliance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Welfare Requirements.

“However, following the incident the setting have increased security on all external gates, re-instructed staff to always follow their daily checklist and are currently reviewing all their policies and risk assessments.

No further action will be taken. Nursery owner Dawn Roberts said: “Everything is fine and parents are happy. It has all been dealt with through Ofsted. There’s nothing else to say.”