The unfortunate mix-up occurred Monday afternoon when the grandfather came to the Hasselmusens nursery school in Varberga to pick up his 3-year-old granddaughter, the local Nerikes Allehanda newspaper reports.
But he left with the wrong child, only realizing his mistake later that afternoon.
Upon realizing the child he had with him was not his granddaughter, the man contacted the school immediately and went back to return the child he had taken by mistake.
When he arrived, the child’s parents were waiting, as were the parents of the child the grandfather was supposed to have picked up.
Even more alarming was the revelation that the girl who the grandfather picked up by mistake didn’t have a maternal grandfather, a fact which had not been passed along to the children’s teachers.
“There were gaps in our procedures which we’re trying to correct right now,” school director Ulla Maj Bondeson told the newspaper.
According to Bondeson, the little girl who was taken by mistake wasn’t negatively affected by the incident.
She added that all parents at the nursery school will be informed on Wednesday about what happened.