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Shocking moment autistic boy, 4, escapes nursery and runs onto the street before being saved by quick-thinking workman
THIS is the heart-stopping moment an autistic tot escaped nursery and ran through the street before a quick-thinking workman leapt into action to save him.
Mum Rachael Heslop has been left fuming after seeing shocking footage of her four-year-old son Charlie darting down a main road after getting out of a childcare centre in Gateshead.
The disgruntled 28-year-old claims the 2nd Home Childcare centre on Waverley Road initially called her last Tuesday after the incident to say the youngster had got away from teachers while playing outside and was found near the car park.
But after hearing rumours about a boy getting onto the main road, Rachael and her husband Ryan took to social media to appeal for witnesses – and discovered CCTV of two workmen travelling in a truck when Charlie ran out of the gate.
Rachael said: “Once their van stopped and they realised Charlie was without an adult, one of them jumped out of the van and ran to stop Charlie as he continued to run along the middle of the road towards oncoming traffic on Harlow Green Lane.
“Once he’s stopped Charlie, he started to walk him back along to the nursery, which is when two of the children’s centre staff came out as they’d seen Charlie run out the gate.
“They then took him back to nursery staff without exchanging conversation with the guys to find out what happened, or say thank you.”
Rachael, who was left in tears and suffered a panic attack after hearing what had happened, claims her son was able to escape because the children were playing in an unsecured yard, rather than the garden which is fenced in.
She added: “Why they were playing there I’ll never understand, because even with adult supervision and protocols in place there is still open access from there to the road."
“Letting anyone care for your child takes trust, but when they are autistic and cannot talk it’s blind faith. And that blind faith has been entirely abused.
“We were so lucky. I honestly think if it wasn’t for the guys running after Charlie, which subsequently meant Charlie changed direction to run away, that Charlie probably would have gotten to the end of the road and would have been hit by a passing car.”
A spokeswoman for the nursery said: "We are carrying out an investigation and are unable to make further comment at the moment."
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Gateshead Council confirmed Second Home Childcare at Chowdene leases space in Chowdene Children’s Centre.
"Both the indoor and outdoor areas rented by the nursery are totally secure to ensure the safety of the children," she added.
"The nursery are also able to use the outdoor trim trail facilities, which enhances the offer available for the children in their care, although they are only able to do this on the understanding that the children are strictly supervised.
"Ofsted have been informed about this incident and will undertake an investigation."
A spokeswoman for Ofsted said: "We don’t confirm or comment on complaints, but any that we receive are assessed and action taken where necessary."