A mother was left horrified when her four-year-old son unexpectedly arrived home from nursery – after escaping out of a WINDOW and walking along a busy main road.
Mum-of-four Claire Frost, 32, was stunned when she heard her son Connor call “Mummy, please let me in” through the letterbox.
Outraged Claire then called the nursery to let them know Connor was at home – only for staff to admit they had no idea the little boy had disappeared.
Homesick Connor left Holy Trinity Nursery School in Taunton, Somerset, by climbing through a window, opening two closed gates, and walking along a main road.
Claire said it took Connor ten minutes to walk back to his home 500 yards away on Gordon Road – usually a two-minute walk round the corner.
She said: “I felt sick to my stomach when Connor showed up at the door. I couldn’t believe what was happening.
“He’s four-years-old. He could have been run over on the main road.
“My heart was racing when he came to the door. He burst into tears as he thought I would be angry at him, but I wasn’t. I was angry at the nursery. It was awful.”
Claire has now taken Connor out of the nursery following the incident as she does not trust staff to look after him.
She said she has looked at putting Connor into another nursery, but the ordeal has left her worried the same thing could happen again.
Claire added: “I’m just really frightened that something more serious could have happened as a result of the incident.
“The windows and the side gate should have been locked long before my son managed to leave unnoticed. I feel as a parent other parents deserve to know what’s happened.”
She claims the school has not apologised to her since the incident and said it will take time to get over what happened.
Jeremy Handscomb, Headteacher at Holy Trinity Primary School, where the nursery is based, said: “There was an incident with a four-year-old child from our nursery on Monday who left the school site.
“The alarm was raised very quickly and, after a short period, the child was returned to the nursery.
“This incident should not have happened and we apologise without reservation.
“This is a recently built and purpose-designed nursery provision and surrounding outdoor site which met all the health and safety requirements and building regulations.
“Up until Monday, we had ensured the safety of all children.”
Mr Handscomb added: “In light of this incident, and following an investigation, we have immediately made some additional alterations to the safeguarding of the building and the wider area.”
The changes include adjustment to two windows so they can be opened for ventilation, but not further, as is the case with all other windows.
The side gate into the nursery’s outdoor area from the footpath is now locked with an additional combination lock.
Additionally, the green exit button by the main pedestrian access into the school site will be moved to a higher location so children cannot open the gate.
Mr Handscomb added: “Holy Trinity Nursery remains a strong provision for our youngest children.
“We are wholeheartedly committed to ensuring the best safeguarding and education for all.”