Kingsway mum's shock as daughter, three, found wandering alone
By The Citizen | Monday, January 14, 2013, 06:00
THREE-YEAR-OLD Ruby Payne 'could have been killed'.
angry: Mum Leanne Payne with daughter Ruby, three. Inset, the gate at the nursery school, which it is claimed was left open.
The gate at Beech Green Primary which it is claimed was left open
That's her mum's fear after she found her wandering alone in a car park.
Horrified Kingsway mum Leanne Payne claims staff were busy chatting and a security gate was open at Beech Green Nursery School, in Quedgeley, when she found her daughter outside in the busy car park.
The 20-year-old said: "It was Ruby's first day at nursery. She's only three and has no road sense.
"I was horrified when I went to collect her, only to find the security gate wide open and Ruby wandering around the car park which was full of big, moving cars.
"She could have been killed by a car and I would have lost my daughter."
Miss Payne, of Woodvale, has refused to take Ruby back and is looking for a new pre-school.
The nursery, which received an outstanding rating from Ofsted inspectors in 2009, is investigating the incident.
Nursery leader Tina Mansfield said: "It happened at the end of the day which is our most vulnerable time.
"The gate is open at drop off and pick up times because there are so many people coming in and out.
"I don't know the details of what happened but I am hoping to speak to the mother so we can find out.
"They say she was let out. We believe our policies were followed but it was Ruby's first day with us and she wasn't aware of our routines. But child safety is paramount for us and we follow a strict set of policies if a child goes missing. Firstly we check the toilets and to see if they have gone to collect their bag, and then we widen the search.
"The entrance to the nursery is quite a distance from the road because it is across the school grounds."
The nursery is run independently of the primary school.