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Nursery children in evacuation across Glyndŵr University campus....for practice

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August 20 2015

Toddlers and babies from an award-winning nursery were involved in a dramatic evacuation across a university campus in Wrexham.

But fortunately there was no cause for alarm for children and staff at Little Scholars, based at Glyndŵr University.

The evacuation was a test run initiated by health and safety staff at the university in conjunction with the nursery, which has won awards for protecting the welfare of children.

A ‘worst-case scenario’ was created and kept secret from staff working at the nursery before the fire alarm went off at 10am on Tuesday, August 18.

Children had to be moved away from the nursery building at the Centre for the Child to a safe place elsewhere on campus.

The operation involved employees from Little Scholars and Glyndŵr University staff from reception, security, health and safety, estates and the sports centre.

Children, including babies in cots, were escorted to the sports centre, where they stayed safely before being allowed back into the nursery.

Peter Graham, director of Active Childcare, which runs Little Scholars Nursery, said: “We regularly hold test evacuations of the Little Scholars building but this was an exercise on a much bigger scale.

“Children’s welfare is our number one priority and we wanted to test our procedures in case we are ever forced to carry it out for real.”

Jo Smith, safety, health and environmental manager at Glyndŵr University, said: “The Centre for the Child is part of the university campus and communication with our staff would be critical in the event of a fire.

“It was an excellent exercise for both the nursery and the university and all of the children were evacuated quickly and safely.”

Little Scholars was recently given a Health and Sustainable Pre-School award from the Welsh Government for its implantation of actions covering a wide range of health issues. These include nutrition and oral health, physical activity and mental and emotional health, wellbeing and relationships.

The nursery has been operating out of Glyndŵr University’s Centre for the Child, Family and Society since the building opened in March 2011.

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