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Two year old rescued by neighbour after escaping Eastwood nursery

Mr and Mrs Hatton said they were shocked when Mrs Smith appeared on their doorstep holding Anthony.
Mr and Mrs Hatton said they were shocked when Mrs Smith appeared on their doorstep holding Anthony.

Worried parents have described the moment their two year old son walked out of nursery and into a busy road.

Their son, Anthony, was spotted by a neighbour and taken home after escaping his nursery.
Daniel and Kayleigh Hatton said if it wasn’t for a quick-thinking neighbour, Anthony could have been hit by a car or taken by a stranger.
Mrs Hatton, 25, dropped Anthony off at Eastwood Wollaton Village Day Nursery in Cross Road in the morning, and made sure he was safe with staff before she left.
However, in only five minutes Anthony escaped through a baby gate, down a ramp, past the pre-school, through the main doors and car park, before heading for the main road.


Luckily, a neighbour spotted Anthony as they only live about 100 yards from the nursery.
Neighbour Laura Smith, 28, said: “I had just dropped my two kids off at Springbank Primary School, which is on the same road.
“My friend and I were talking on the corner and that’s when I saw Anthony running and then legging it across the road just after a car went whizzing up - that’s when I ran up and grabbed hold of him.
“I knew where his parents lived and went straight to the address. It is a busy road, especially during school time and the cars go up and down ridiculously fast. It made me feel sick.
“You expect your kids to be looked after but they are not doing that properly. It is disgusting.”

Mr and Mrs Hatton said they were shocked when Mrs Smith appeared on their doorstep holding Anthony.

They went straight to the nursery to confront staff over the incident.

Mrs Hatton, who is a teaching assistant, said: "It was awful. You don't expect it to happen especially when you put your child in their care.

"I feel the nursery have handled it poorly and are in denial.

"Anthony does not know his address. He was dropped off at 9am and we pick him up at 12pm.

Mr Hatton, who works for Network Rail, added: "Laura walked into our home with our son in her hands.

"She said he came running out of the nursery and straight into the road.

"It was a weird feeling. We had the good news at the start because he was brought back to us, but it is the 'what ifs?' What if someone else had found him? What if he had walked in front of a car?

"It has been difficult for us to put the care of our child in the hands of someone else and this has rocked us. It will be hard to find someone to trust again.

"The nursery said they are sorry that it happened. But I pay them to safeguard my child.

"He is not going back to that nursery again."

Mr Hatton has contacted Ofsted over the incident as he does not want another parent to go through the same ordeal.

Karen Oliver, the owner of the nursery, said: "Following what could have been an extremely serious safety breach, an extensive review of our drop-off and collection procedures has taken place.

"Our children's safety is our paramount concern at all times and we have worked closely with the parents concerned to satisfy them that such an event can't happen again.

"We would like to thank all parents for their support at this time as we implement the new procedures; everyone will undoubtedly understand why such changes are necessary as safeguarding the safety of all the children in our care is everyone's number one priority."

Eastwood Day Nursery is part of a small group of nurseries which also includes Wollaton Day Nursery and Bramcote Day Nursery.

The Eastwood nursery, where Anthony attended, was last inspected by Ofsted in August 2017, where its provision was deemed as good overall.

Ninety-nine children attended the nursery at the time of the last inspection.

But the other two nurseries in the group have previously been criticised by Ofsted.

Ofsted investigated Bramcote Day Nursery in Chapel Street in May 2018 when the manager notified the inspection body after "unauthorised visitors" had accessed the nursery.

The inspection body found there had been a breach in the requirement that states providers must take all reasonable steps to prevent unauthorised persons entering the premises, and have an agreed procedure for checking the identity of visitors.

Ofsted said the provider has since taken action to comply with this requirement and took no further action. The nursery is rated as good by Ofsted.

The Wollaton Village Day Nursery in Wollaton Road was slapped with an inadequate rating in April 2018, where children were seen picking up food to eat from a dirty floor and there was ineffective safeguarding.

At the time, owner Karen Oliver said that she was "not worried" and the inspection happened on a "bad day".