A private nursery has been forced to pay out over £12,000 after a two-year-old boy fractured his leg in a trampolining accident while under its care.
Waverley Borough Council prosecuted Haslemere-based Caring Daycare in Surrey at Guildford Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (January 9) over the accident, which occurred in November 2012.
The trampoline was meant for children aged six and over and for use only in the home.
The council found that a risk assessment had been undertaken by an untrained member of staff.
Caring Daycare was fined £7,500 under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Magistrates gave the nursery credit for its guilty plea. The nursery was ordered to pay another £5,250 in prosecution costs and victim surcharges.
Caring Daycare admitted to failing to ensure, as far as was reasonably possible, that children in its care using the trampoline were not exposed to health and safety risks.
Nursery: accident won’t happen again
A spokesman for the nursery, which is graded “outstanding” by Ofsted, said it “deeply regrets” the injury the child suffered and has apologised to the parents.
Nursery owner Peter Churchley said the incident occurred because a well-meaning initiative to help children learn to balance and exercise safely was inadequately implemented.
He said: “This resulted in an unfortunate accident which will never happen again at the nursery as we removed the trampoline immediately afterwards.”
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