Boy, 3, found wandering alone on dual carriageway after escaping unnoticed from nursery with another toddler

A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy was found wandering alone along a dual carriageway after escaping from a nursery with another toddler. 

The Busy Bees Nursery, in Plymouth, have launched an investigation after the tot was spotted walking next to traffic on a busy road yesterday.

Busy Bees Nurseries is one of the largest national childcare providers for kids aged up to five years old, and runs some 400 nurseries across the UK and Ireland.

Senior management today said that a probe had been launched after two “unsupervised” children left a nursery in William Prance Road in Derriford. 

One of the children is believed to have been rescued quickly, though another was spotted by worried strangers walking next to traffic on the main road, Plymouth Live reports.


In a letter to parents, operations director of Busy Bees Nurseries in the South, Anita Wilden, said the company was “devastated” that the incident took place – and a “thorough investigation” had been launched.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that officers were called to William Prance Road shortly after 11am yesterday following reports of a young child “walking on his own”. 

A spokesperson for the Force said: "Police were called to William Prance Road in Plymouth just after 11am on Monday 8 February after receiving reports of a young child seen walking on his own

"Officers attended and located a three-year-old boy in the area. He was safely returned to the care of an adult a few minutes later."

A spokesperson for BusyBees said: "On Monday morning two children were found to have left our Plymouth centre unsupervised.

"Whilst we are relieved that both children returned safely to the centre, this situation clearly should not have happened and we are taking the fact it did extremely seriously.

"We are devastated that this was able to happen and a thorough investigation is now underway.

"We contacted the parents of the children involved, as well as all other parents at the nursery to explain the situation and we are working with the authorities and regulators to establish the facts and we will take appropriate action where required."

Ms Wilden added: "We have started our investigation and we will find out how this situation happened. Please be assured that if there are any steps we can make to further improve our procedures we will make those changes.”

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