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Three-year-old girl dies on first day at nursery

Article By: Sue Learner, News Editor

A three-year-old girl died after becoming entangled in a rope on a slide on her first day at nursery.

Lydia Bishop, from York, suffered serious injuries in the nursery’s play area at York College on Sim Balk Lane on Monday afternoon.

Paramedics rushed to the nursery and the girl was taken by ambulance to York District Hospital but they were unable to save her.

is currently closed until next Monday. At this stage, police do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances and it appears that the girl had become entangled in a piece of play equipment. Ofsted and the Health and Safety Executive have been informed.

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello of York Protecting Vulnerable Person's Unit said: “This was an extremely tragic accident which unfortunately happened during Lydia's first day at nursery.

“Her family are understandably very distressed and are being supported by specially trained police officers as they try to come to terms with their loss.

“Officers are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident with various other agencies to try and establish how this tragic event occurred.”

In a statement York College said it is “absolutely devastated at the news of the very sad death of Lydia Bishop, following a tragic incident at the York College Nursery yesterday. Our thoughts are with Lydia's family and the children, families and staff at York College Nursery.”

The nursery opened in 2007 and is situated on the college campus on the outskirts of the city of York.

It operates from three play rooms in a purpose built building and each play room has access to the fully enclosed outdoor area.

The nursery is registered for 58 children and has around 27 members of staff.

Arrangements for alternative childcare have been put in place while the nursery is closed.

Ofsted last inspected the nursery in 2009 and said overall the quality of the provision is 'Good'.

The police are carrying out an investigation into the incident to establish exactly what happened and would like anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them on 101.


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