Child, 4, found wandering barefoot in Scots village after walking out nursery

A four-year-old child was found wandering barefoot in Bridge of Weir after leaving a local nursery unnoticed, the Express has learned.

The tot was reportedly found by a member of the public beside a road on Tuesday afternoon before he was returned to Rivendale Nursery.

The Houston Road facility confirmed it had reported itself to the Care Inspectorate over the incident.

A parent, whose child attends the nursery and wished to remain anonymous, told the Paisley Daily Express: “From what I understand, a child got out of the nursery and was standing on the driveway next to the road.

“A member of the public was driving past and saw him. The boy, who apparently didn’t have any shoes on, started to walk up the road and the person got out of the car and brought him back to nursery. They didn’t even know he was gone.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, anything could have happened. All of the parents are really concerned, as you would imagine.”

Rivendale Nursery is part of the Collins Care nursery group.

The family-run nursery provider has outlets all over the greater Glasgow area and also operates Glencoats Lodge Nursery in Paisley.

Douglas Collin, a director of the firm, said: “We can confirm that there was an incident at the nursery on Tuesday, June 11.

“We cannot go into specific details because of data and child protection legislation and also because there is an ongoing investigation into the matter.

“However, we can say that a four-year-old child managed to get out of the nursery building unattended for a short period of time.

“We can confirm that since the incident, the nursery has followed the correct protocols and reported itself to all of the relevant bodies and is in direct dialogue with them and with the parents of the child.

“All parents within the nursery have been notified and we have also commenced a full and thorough review of our safety and safeguarding policies and procedures.”

Police Scotland has confirmed it had received a report in relation to the incident, as has the Care Inspectorate.

A spokesperson for the watchdog said: “The Care Inspectorate has been notified of an incident involving a child attending this nursery.

“We remain in close contact with the service and continue to monitor them.

“The safety of every child who experiences care is always our first priority.

“Anyone with a concern about a care service can contact us on 0345 600 9527.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said its officers carried out enquiries with the relevant agencies following the incident and added that “there is no further police involvement”.

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