Milton Mount Playgroup in Crawley has been closed by Ofsted after staff failed to realise that a 3 year old girl had been missing for over an hour. The setting has been closed while the education watchdog investigates the incident further.

The 3 year old girl wandered off and was missing for what was said to be around 80 minutes before staff realised she was gone.

The young escape artist managed to climb a 3 ft fence and was spotted in a nearby park with a lake by a member of the public, who informed police of the lost child.

Staff at the childcare setting only realised that the young girl was missing when police arrived at the setting. At this time the young tot was handed to her worried grandmother who had arrived to collect her.

Ofsted have now closed the setting whilst they investigate the incident. A spokesperson for the setting said:

“Children’s safety is of paramount importance and we will work with Ofsted to correct any concerns.”

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