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Romford nursery under investigation after toddler runs into A12

16:32 02 May 2014

Juneberries Nursery in Romford

Juneberries Nursery in Romford

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A day nursery is under investigation after a child walked out, down the road, and into three lanes of high-speed traffic.

Juneberries Day Nursery in Mawney Road, Romford, has been shut this week following the incident on Friday – and is now at the centre of a joint probe by Ofsted, Havering Council and the police.

A witness was driving down the 50mph-limit A12 at 10am when she saw the boy “run across” the road.

“He was about three,” she said. “Me and my daughter got out the car and screamed for him to stay. He fell to the floor and my daughter scooped him up. Time stood still.”

It has now emerged that parents of children who attend were not informed about what happened.

Instead, a text message was sent out, saying Juneberries would be closed on Monday and Tuesday due to “urgent construction work for children safety.”

One mother attempted to drop off her four-year-old son at the nursery yesterday (Thu) morning, and was greeted by workmen, who told her it was not open.

After learning of the incident, she said she might not be taking her son there anymore: “I picked him up at 3pm on Friday and he was here on Saturday too. No-one told us anything.

“Thank god [the child was alright], had it been any other day he might not have been so lucky.”

The privately owned nursery has closed its doors while contractors carry out work on the premises.

A Havering Council spokesman said: “We are hugely concerned that a child has been able to leave a nursery and find their way onto an extremely dangerous road.

“We will be looking into how this was allowed to happen so we can ensure the safety of all children in our nurseries.”

The nursery, which opens 7am-7pm, was awarded “good” status by Ofsted in June.

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