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Two hour ordeal: Child trapped in nursery's minibus during heatwave

Article By: Angeline Albert, News Editor

A child was taken to hospital after being left alone in a minibus for more than two hours during a heatwave.

On 19 July, the toddler was found inside the minibus outside Meithrinfa Camau Bach nursery in Aberystwyth on the hottest day of the year to date, with temperatures in the area topping 31.8C.

A member of staff at the nursery, which is run by the early years charity Mudiad Meithrin, has been suspended from work and the nursery has been shut while an investigation takes place.

The investigation has been launched by Wales’ childcare watchdog The Care and Social Services Inspectorate (CSSIW).

A spokesman for CSSIW said: “We were notified last night of the incident regarding a child at Meithrinfa Camau Bach nursery in Aberystwyth.

“We are in close contact with the provider and the local authority safeguarding team to ensure all steps are being followed to avoid this terrible incident happening again.”

The early years charity Mudiad Meithrin runs three nurseries including Camau Bach. Camau Bach provides transport to and from local schools to the nursery.

A spokeswoman for Mudiad Meithrin said: "Following a serious incident on Tuesday, July 19 when a child was left - unbeknown to staff - in a minibus for over two hours outside the nursery, the incident was referred to CSSIW and the local Protection Board.

“The member of staff responsible for the child was suspended from work immediately pending an investigation. In order to allow for a full investigation, 'Camau Bach' will be closed for a week."

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is advising all nurseries and anyone working with young children to be extra careful in current hot temperatures.

Its lead early years adviser Jo Baranek said: “Although it is lovely to have some sunny days, the heat itself can cause many problems particularly for young children and can exacerbate existing conditions such as asthma.

“Learning about being safe in the sun is an important life lesson. Make sure you lead by example so the children see adults enjoying the sun but being safe in hot weather. Encourage them to be ‘sun safe’, to know the risks and look after their friends to see if they are ok."


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