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Fury over little girl left to wait outside school

A FURIOUS dad has demanded action from an Accrington day nursery after it failed to pick up his eight-year-old daughter from school.

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A FURIOUS dad has demanded action from an Accrington day nursery after it failed to pick up his eight-year-old daughter from school.

Simon Briggs, of Cardigan Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, has called for staff at Oscar Bear's on Blackburn Road to review their after-school collection service after his daughter, Daisy, was left stranded.

Daisy, a pupil at West End Primary School in Oswaldtwistle, has been using the minibus service for the last term because both of her parents work full-time.

But last week the bus left without her on board - leaving her waiting at school for nearly an hour before a relative could pick her up.

Mr Briggs said he and Daisy's mother, Lisa, who lives with her in the Heys Lane area of Oswaldtwistle, felt "completely let down" by the nursery.

They have since arranged for a relative to look after Daisy when school finishes.

He said: "Both Lisa and I have to work and we put our trust in Oscar Bears because we had heard good things about it. I don't understand how they could forget to pick up a child from school when they had her name written on a list."

"When Daisy realised she hadn't been collected, she went back into school and they contacted Lisa straight away. Lisa's sister then came to collect her."

"But Daisy was still upset - and who knows what could have happened to her if she hadn't gone back into school? I only live down the road but there are two big roads to cross to get there."

Mr Briggs, an IT consultant, said he believed the mistake had happened because an extra child started using the service that day, but the staff on the minibus had not been informed.

They then set off when they thought they had the correct number of children on board.

He said: "I know it was just a mistake but I don't think you can afford to make those kinds of mistakes when it comes to children. They didn't realise it had happened until Lisa contacted them."

"I feel they should have some kind of system in place to stop this happening again. Leaving a child after school is just not right, especially with all the horror stories you hear in the news."

A spokesperson for the nursery said they were taking the matter seriously and would be issuing a statement through their solicitor.

This had not arrived as the Observer went to press.