August 27, 2008
Girls Climb Kindy Fence and Go Home
By RILKOFF, Matt
OAKURA'S Kaitake Kindergarten is facing a Ministry of Education investigation after three pupils went missing for almost two hours before their absence was noticed.
The Taranaki Daily News understands the three girls used a ladder to scale a fence on Wednesday and make their way to one of the girls' homes, crossing busy State Highway 45 on the way.
It appears their absence went unnoticed until parents came to pick them up and they could not be found.
Police were called, but the trio were found by a parent at the home of one of the children.
Their innocent but potentially dangerous adventure has prompted the kindergarten to send a letter to all parents outlining actions they will now be taking to prevent further escapes.
This will include increasing the height of the fence around the kindergarten, taking the roll during morning and afternoon teas and inviting a police constable to talk to the children about safety. The incident has also prompted the kindergarten to review all child safety policies and ask for feedback from parents.
North Taranaki Kindergarten Association spokesperson Hilda Colgen said she was unable to not comment, as the incident was being investigated by the Ministry of Education.
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