The mother of a four-year-old girl has praised nursery staff who spotted the child was ill shortly before she suffered a fit and stopped breathing.
Nicky Higgs, of Tilgate, was picking up her daughter, Faye, from Tykes Pre-School, in Tilgate, when supervisor Rachel Bailey warned her the child was out of sorts.
Rachel said: “I knew Faye hadn’t been right all day. She was very vacant-looking and that wasn’t like her at all.”
Faye’s symptoms were a trigger to a condition she suffers which causes pressure to her brain.
She collapsed in Southgate Avenue as the family was walking home and was taken to East Surrey Hospital.
Nicky said: “Five hours later she was running round blowing bubbles as if nothing had happened.”
Faye has suffered with the condition – inter-cranial space-occupying lesions – for two years.
Nicky said Rachel was the only person besides herself who had ever spotted the warning signs.
And she showed her support for the pre-school, which plans to lodge a complaint about a recent inspection which led to an “inadequate” Ofsted rating.
Nicky felt the rating did not reflect the care offered by Tykes and said: “I’m gutted for them because these ladies put their heart and soul into these kids. It’s not just a job for them. I can’t praise them enough.”
Tykes manager, Tori Bailey, said the support she had received from parents since the inspection had been “phenomenal”.
She added: “I support my staff 100 per cent. I know they know their jobs and what Rachel did was fantastic.”
Tori said the pre-school would receive another inspection next term.