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Mum’s praises Crawley pre-school staff who spotted child was ill before she stopped breathing

WAYC chief executive William Clemmey and his wife Helen at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

WAYC chief executive William Clemmey and his wife Helen at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

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.

 

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