Toddler wandered out of nursery near to busy M77 motorway

Partnership Nursery in Glasgow.
Partnership nursery: Three-year-old missing for 20 minutes.SWNS

A three-year-old girl was found wandering alone near a busy motorway after walking away out of a nursery.

Staff at the Partnership Nursery in the Cowglen area of Glasgow failed to notice the toddler was missing which meant she was on her own for 20 minutes before a member of the public found her.

The private nursery, which offers 77 places, is located near the busy M77 motorway.

One senior member of staff has been dismissed and another has resigned following the incident. The Care Inspectorate is thought to be probing the incident.

Alan Grant, owner of the nursery, said: "One member of staff has been dismissed. It was a regrettable incident. We have been co-operating fully with the Care Inspectorate. All procedures have been reviewed. The investigation is under way and I can't say anything more. It's still proceeding."

The child walked out of the nursery’s garden shortly after 12.15pm last week. Staff failed to carry out a headcount when the children returned to the building, meaning the girl’s disappearance was not noticed.

She was discovered 20 minutes later at a bus stop close to the M77 by an employee of the nearby National Savings Bank.

The nursery wrote to parents to make them aware of the incident.

The facility is privately run but has 28 places funded by Glasgow City Council. Following the incident a council spokeswoman said the local authority was withdrawing funding.

She said: "It had already been decided that we would not be funding any more places when the next year begins in August. That decision had nothing to do with this incident."

Hanzala Malik, Labour MSP for Glasgow, said: "This is every parent's nightmare. People need to know that their children are safe in nurseries. It is vital that the investigation into this incident is thorough and robust. Lessons need to be learnt that this and other private nurseries can apply."

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