Kelly Casey went to pick up Casey-Mae Brown from Tiddlywinks Day Nursery in Crumpsall last Wednesday afternoon but discovered the toddler had made a break for it.
A horrified mum has spoken of her terror after her two-year-old daughter was found wandering the streets alone after escaping from a nursery. Kelly Casey went to pick up Casey-Mae Brown from Tiddlywinks Day Nursery in Crumpsall last Wednesday afternoon (January 6), but discovered the toddler had made a break for it. More after the cut….
Within seconds a member of the public – understood to be another parent – arrived at the nursery with Casey-Mae and staff realised she had managed to get out. Kelly has pulled her out of the nursery and complained to Ofsted. Bosses say an investigation was immediately launched – and members of staff hauled in for disciplinary meetings. A parent from nearby St Anne’s RC Primary School found Casey-Mae walking the streets at around 3pm, about two minutes away from the nursery on Moss Bank.
Kelly, 30, who had been picking up two of her other kids at St Anne’s, was told her daughter had been allowed to walk through a door and two gates without being stopped – and didn’t even have a coat on.
Kelly, a mum-of-four, who lives nearby, said: “The nursery is at the top of a hill, she was found at the bottom – about two minutes away. She wasn’t even wearing a coat, just a dress. “The nursery didn’t even say a lot at the time – I don’t think they had a clue what had really happened. “When I got home, I rang up and demanded a meeting with the manager. “I’ve also contacted Ofsted. The nursery only apologised after I pushed them. They let her go. They say she probably tailgated another parent, which is irrelevant. “She got out because of a lack of attention from the staff. Thank goodness someone found her. “I’ve pulled her out of the nursery. I don’t feel like she’s safe. It was a really busy time of day, with loads of cars around on the school run. “The nursery has accepted responsibility, and hopefully it won’t happen again. But Casey-Mae could have been run over, or taken by somebody.”
A spokesman for the nursery claimed Casey-Mae ‘tailgated’ other parents and children out through a separate care building.
He added: “The child was returned after a very short time by another parent and was unharmed, however we are treating the incident very seriously. “All parents have been informed. Following the incident we immediately informed our local authority’s designated officer who are investigating along with Ofsted, and we are working closely with both groups. “We have conducted our own internal investigation and have initiated disciplinary proceedings against the members of staff concerned. “The safety of our children is our number one priority, reflected in our latest ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. “We have since reviewed our systems for entering and exiting the newly built separate sessional care modular building to ensure this cannot happen again.”