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Nursery forced to close after two toddlers escaped

One of the toddlers wandered out through an open gate and was discovered by a stranger in a nearby park (Picture: Facebook/Google Maps)

A nursery has been shut down after a toddler wandered out of an open gate and was found crying in a park – just two months after a similar incident.

The child, three, was missing for ‘at least half an hour’ before being spotted by a stranger in a nearby park in Walthamstow, east London.

Lloyd Park Children’s Centre has been suspended by Ofsted after boy was found in Lloyd Park at around 11am on April 22.

This temporary closure came just two months after a similar safeguarding problem happened at the same nursery.

The watchdog ordered nursery bosses to ensure children are ‘always within sight or hearing’, as well as making other improvements after the incident on February 1.

The three-year-old disappeared from the centre’s Grow Wild programme and was found by a member of the public who started worrying about his safety when he started crying and no one collected him.

The boy wandered out through an open gate

The boy wandered out through an open gate (Picture: Facebook)

He was looked after by park rangers until police officers arrived.

The Met Police said officers tracked down the child’s carers but no criminal offences were identified.

A spokeswoman for the force said: ‘Police were called at around 11am on April 22 after an unaccompanied child – believed to be aged three-years-old – had been found in the Lloyd Park.

‘Officers identified the child’s carers and returned the child to them. No criminal offences were established.’

After the temporary closure, Ofsted would not confirm how long the suspension would last.

A spokeswoman for Ofsted added: ‘We can confirm that the nursery has been suspended. We cannot provide further details while we investigate the matter.’

A notice on the Lloyd Park Children’s Charity website that runs the nursery confirmed Grow Wild was closed.

It read: ‘It is unfortunate that we need to report that Grow Wild will remain closed.

‘We hope to open Grow Wild in the near future and look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you for your cooperation.’

A spokesman said the charity ‘cannot release any information[…] due to the investigation’.

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