Toddler left alone for almost two hours at Dorset pre-school

The Guardian is reporting that a three-year-old was left alone in a pre-school for almost two hours after staff forgot to take her on a trip…

The girl was a pupil at Sydling Springs pre-school, which is based in a village hall in Sydling St Nicholas in Dorset.

Staff are believed to have noticed she was missing from a class outing only when they returned to the building.

The incident, which happened last month, was immediately reported to Dorset county council and Ofsted, and the child was unharmed.

Inspectors later visited the school and found a child was left unsupervised, with staff not following risk assessment policies and procedures.

Registers were also not properly completed and did not provide an “accurate record of the number of children present”, Ofsted found.

A spokeswoman for Dorset county council said the pre-school had now put in place measures to ensure the incident did not happen again.

“The pre-school leader of Sydling Springs contacted the council’s early years team on 22 September with a report of a safeguarding issue,” the spokeswoman said.

“We were told that a child had been left unattended for one hour 40 minutes, the child was safe and the matter was reported to Ofsted immediately…

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Comments

  1. Janet2

    Didn’t the staff use the well-known procedure of ‘counting them out’ and ‘counting them in’?  (I would also add ‘counting them constantly throughout the trip’).

    It was fortunate the toddler wasn’t harmed but that doesn’t excuse the staff from their negligence.

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  3. itsmotherswork

    suzyg001 artbyailbhe
    Well, that’s how my family used to do it too, but we did still sometimes bring the wrong kid home.

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