Mum distraught after son left with head cut and bruises after first day at nursery

Ellie Wallis, 22, took her son, Jenson, to Butterflies Nursery in Hedon on Tuesday, February 1, but was called to pick him up early in the afternoon due to him allegedly falling off a chair

Jenson had been on his first day at Butterflies nursery in Hedon when he fell

A mum was left distraught when she received a call from her son’s nursery telling her he had fallen off his chair.

Ellie Wallis, 22, took her son, Jenson, to Butterflies Nursery in Hedon on Tuesday, February 1, for his first day.

But a few hours later, the nursery called her and told her that her son had fallen off a chair and needed to be picked up.

When Ellie arrived, she saw Jenson had a cut on his head and a number of bruises on his body.

She told Hull Live: ‘When they called me, they could not even remember his name. I arrived and I was given a brief explanation that he had flipped his chair and banged his head on a cabinet. His head was still bleeding when they passed him back to me.

‘I was in a panic state so I took him and when we came home, I realized I had not been given an accident report.

‘He then went to bed and when he woke up the next day, I saw that he had three bruises on the back of his neck.

Jenson had visible cuts and bruises on his head

‘As soon as I saw them, I called them and asked what it was and where it came from but they said maybe a child had grabbed him, but I don’t think a child could have done that.’

Ellie made a complaint to Ofsted and emailed the nursery manager before she was invited to a meeting where the classroom was set out in the same manner it had been in when Jensen was injured.

She said: ‘There was a steady chair and they told us it was made by this company that specializes in safety. They said Jensen had been rocking his chair back and forth so they pulled him away from the table to avoid him banging his head on the table, but pointed him outward so it was in front of the corner of the cabinet.

‘He’s never done that at home, I think he would not have been rocking his chair unless he was extremely extremely distressed.’

After leaving the meeting, Ellie said she was not satisfied with the nursery’s response. She added that while she understands accidents can happen, it does not explain why her one-year-old de ella returned with bruises and cuts on the first day of nursery.

‘He’s only 18-months, I don’t understand how he would have the force or power in him to be able to flip back this steady chair.’

Ellie added the incident has deeply upset her and she will not be taking Jenson to the nursery again.

Clair Burn, director of Butterflies Nursery, said: ‘We are fully aware of the accident that took place in the nursery earlier this week and have been in regular contact with the parents of the child and staff at the setting have all been deeply upset.

‘We have robust safety and safeguarding policies in place at the setting and when the accident took place they were implemented immediately.’

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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