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Swedish preschooler left asleep in snowdrift

TT/The Local/pvs · 8 Feb 2011, 07:46

Published: 08 Feb 2011 07:46 GMT+01:00

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The four-year-old took his leave from his pre-school, crossed several heavily trafficked streets and knocked on the door of his home, much to the astonishment of his mother, who luckily had been working from home on Monday.

When she called her son's pre-school in central Gävle in northern Sweden, she learnt that staff hadn't noticed that he had escaped.

Staff now plan to report the incident to the authorities. The Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinpektionen) are already busy investigating a similar incident involving another pre-school in the town.

In a separate incident in the eastern Sweden town of Norrköping, a five-year-old could not be found when his mother came to collect him and his little sister.

Staff at first concluded that he must have made a run for it, but he was later found sleeping in a snow drift outside in the garden.

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"He had been asleep outside for several hours. I don't know if I can trust the staff again," his mother told the Norrköping Tidningar daily.

According the head of the pre-school, the matter is being treated very seriously and routines are set to be reviewed.

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10:22 February 8, 2011 by Ana Bruno
If you work with kids you have to love them. Like a mother, you will miss them when they are not around. They are naïve, innocent and defenseless.

Many schools in other countries have cameras inside the classrooms. The parents can flollow them through internet, online, from their offices. They know if the baby is crying, sleeping or playing and having fun.

I hope one day, United Nations could rule all schools in the world, being an obligation having cameras and better assess the behavior of teachers who work with children.

The kids are not there to "look after adults", but sometimes, they could do a better job than the staff. Congrats to the boy that could get his home safely.

Ana Bruno
13:50 February 8, 2011 by voiceofreason
I will like to trust the judgment of any professional just like i would like them to trust my judgement too but this is gross neglect.
15:13 February 8, 2011 by flintis
heavily TRAFFICKED ??? use a spell checker
16:16 February 8, 2011 by janerowena
Nothing wrong with 'trafficked' in England. It's perfectly acceptable here.

Yes, we have had a couple of incidents like that here in the past - the schools were both closed down straight away and the licences revoked until they had been thoroughly investigated. One lost its licence permanently.

It's hard tring to count small children who are running around - I can only liken it counting ants.
17:03 February 8, 2011 by BLL63

Trafficked - it is a perfectly acceptable word.

Look at the story not the words.
18:39 February 8, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Preschools are the same all over the world, coffee slurping losers work there.
19:52 February 8, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
This by far is another fine example of state run dagis, and Sweden is a "Child Friendly" country? Sure.

I'm quite sure others here that have used this as an alternative to daycare, have also noticed the unsanitary conditions.

(Segway Rant)

Parents, when You have a sick child, please have, or at least try to find some common sense and decency to keep them at home. This way, the other children won't get sick as well. The schools should also excersise this as Policy, like in the US. Again, parents, this is a welfare state so your job is covered if your kid is sick, take the day off and stay at home with them.

Don't be so... Swedish : )

(End Rant)

I know for sure, if this had happened to my kid, risking a long prison term, would award the person responsible the thrashing of a lifetime. I'm not even going on to what would've happened if the child had died whist "Sleeping" outside in the "Snowdrift".

We entrust the "Childcare" to strangers with social training skills in this field, and they are expected to protect all children in their charge.

This is completely Unacceptable : (
23:17 February 8, 2011 by mikewhite
"heavily trafficked streets" -yes, but it's completely wrong here, since it suggests the streets were being exchanged back and forth. "Trafficking" suggests illegal exchange.

Either "busy streets" or "streets busy with traffic" or variations thereof, would do.

Back to the school - don't the schools all have high-level handles or catches on exterior doors and gates ? Otherwise, how did the escapee get out ?
23:47 February 8, 2011 by Puge Henis
Perhaps someone should introduce a law where the parents can flog the negligent workers in these schools - oh sorry, those same idiots are already working on a more ignorant law for getting wolves shot.
06:54 February 9, 2011 by EtoileBrilliant
UN rule having cameras at Dagis. Are you crazy? First would you like a camera at your workplace so the world could see you picking your nose or writing stupid posts at 10;22 in the morning (I'm assuming that you're working). What kind of people are going to want to work in an an environment where they're constantly monitored. Answer none.

Second as the father of four children, I don't want a world where anyone can look in on my children when it pleases them. Password protected - I don't think so. The password's will sent around every pedophile ring in the world the moment someone breaks one.

How about you just grow up and accept that cases like this are exceptional? Swedish dagis teachers are the most educated in the world. Well over 40% of them have higher education degrees.

My biggest worry as a parent: that pushy uninformed parents try to change a loving environment into a Orwellian nightmare.
07:34 February 9, 2011 by Zhorka
typisk svensk...
09:51 February 9, 2011 by flintis
@janerowena & bll63:- you didn't take English grammar in school.
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