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Toddler Manages to Walk Home Alone After Climbing Nursery Fence

A nursery in Aberdeen faces investigation after one of their young pupils climbed a fence and walked home without staff members noticing.

Aberdeen’s Heathryburn School experienced a security breach on Thursday 2nd September, after 3-year-old Cooper scaled the fence and walked himself home.

Cooper’s mother Naomi Scott received a call from her eldest son explaining that Cooper had arrived at their house. Speaking to STV News, Naomi said her first response was “are you having a joke with me? Why is Cooper at home?”

A Little boy child was trying to climb a tall chain link fence to secape to a playground, but is stuck hanging by his hands at the top.
Photo sourced from iStock

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When Cooper was asked why he came home, he explained that he had “hurt his knee”. According to the Evening Express, after injuring himself Cooper said staff were “ignoring” him, so he went home.

Naomi told STV news that Cooper, who started at the nursery a week and a half prior to the incident, “Had got his bag, changed into his outdoors shoes, put on his jacket, got all his pictures he had drawn for his mum and dad into his backpack and climbed over the fence”, managing to achieve all this without staff members noticing.

Naomi claims she contacted the nursery after returning home and that they told her that Cooper was “in the (nursery) garden” to which she replied “well that’s funny, because he’s actually standing in my living room”.

Photographer: Ethan Wilkinson | Source: Unsplash

The police were subsequently contacted and visited the setting, offering staff “suitable advice” before leaving.

Aberdeen City Council are investigating the incident and provided the following statement:

“The pupil is safe and well, and we are continuing to work closely with the school team and Care Inspectorate to review all risk assessments and procedures in light of this incident to ensure all appropriate action is taken.”

Keeping Children Safe in Setting

Nurseries need optimal security measures to effectively safeguard children. Factors such as staff training, risk assessments, staff are deployment and continuous supervision should be regularly reviewed and updated.

Photographer: Simon Maage | Source: Unsplash

Click here to use our useful Risk Assessments guide, including how to involve children in Risk Assessments.

Click here to access advice surrounding Staff-Child Ratios.

Click here to read helpful tips on Comforting Children.

Click here to learn more about Attachments in children.