A privately-run city nursery where a toddler apparently fell out of a first-floor window has had its registration suspended while the incident is investigated.
The two-year-old boy is said to have minor injuries and was taken to hospital to be checked over, which might lead to an accident claim being made against the company.
He is thought to have suffered a fall while at Munchkins day nursery in Shard End, Birmingham.
Ofsted, the education regulator, and health and safety officials from the local authority are conducting the investigation.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We responded to a call that a two-year-old boy had apparently fallen from a first-floor window. The mother of the child was taken in an ambulance with the child to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment, as it appeared there was no outward sign of serious injury.”
A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “We are currently investigating the matter to find out exactly what happened and the circumstances behind the incident. Any appropriate action will be taken if and when necessary.”
Ofsted said its investigation could take at least six weeks, after which an accident claim may be lodged.
“Ofsted is currently investigating to ensure robust safeguarding arrangements are sufficiently in place for children at Munchkins day nursery in Birmingham,” a spokesman said.
“It would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this stage.”
Good inspection report
In April the nursery received a good rating after an Ofsted inspection.
Standards at the “welcoming and supportive nursery” were praised by inspectors at the time.
“Children enjoy a safe and secure play and learning environment because staff carry out daily safety checks, and written risk assessments are completed. Risk assessments are very effective and the premises are secure,” the resulting report noted.
According to Ofsted guidelines, any suspension of a nursery’s registration only ends if inspectors decide children are at no risk of further harm.
A Munchkins manager would not comment on the case until the investigation ends.
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Date Published: September 28, 2013
Author: David Brown