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Investigation launched as toddler breaks leg at nusery in Tuckton
AN investigation has been launched after a toddler broke his leg on his first day at nursery.
Staff at Kings Castle Montessori nursery in Tuckton said little 19-month-old Ethan Griffiths fell 3ft from an outdoor apparatus fracturing his leg in two places.
Now his mother Kim said she is taking legal action against the nursery for failing to care for her son.
Education watchdog Of-sted has also been info-rmed and are investigating.
Kim said she dropped Ethan at the nursery at 1pm on Monday as she began her first shift at a new job.
But she received a call from the nursery at 2.40pm saying the tot had suffered ‘a bit of a fall’ and that she needed to pick him up.
Kim, of Kittiwake Close, Southbourne, said she was told Ethan had fallen about 3ft from an outdoor apparatus onto a spongey surface and would not put weight on his ankle.
But he was in such a state when she arrived that she immediately took him to accident and emergency, where it was confirmed he had broken his fibia and tibia.
He was put in a cast up to his thigh.
Kim, 28, said she has now had to leave her new job to stay at home and care for Ethan.
She will not be putting him back in a nursery and has even contacted Bour-nemouth Borough Coun-cil to complain.
She added: “I was in two minds about putting him in nursery anyway, but because I’m a single mum I need the money.
“But I can’t trust any nursery now. I’m very angry.
“I want to know how many children were in the playground at that time and how many adults were there.
“He was a new child, he should not have been left on his own.”
Gemma Stone, nursery manager, said she had been very upset by the accident.
She added: “I feel very confident that we were well within our ratio and could even have had more children out there. I was present myself.
“It’s such a sad thing that’s happened. It’s been dealt with following all our nursery procedures. We take it very seriously and we’ve spoken to Ofsted and they were happy with what we told them.”
A spokesman for Bourn-emouth Borough Council said: “We have been notified but it’s for Ofsted to investigate.” Ofsted confirmed they have been informed of the incident and are investigating.