A three-year-old girl has died after becoming tangled in ropes on equipment in a nursery playground.
The girl was pronounced dead in hospital after she suffered serious injuries in the play area at York College yesterday afternoon.
She is thought to have used a slide at the college’s nursery and then become stuck on the ropes that are part of another piece of equipment.
It is not known whether she fell from the slide onto the ropes.
North Yorkshire Police said they did not believe there were any suspicious circumstances.
The scene was last night cordoned off while officers investigated the incident and Ofsted and the Health and Safety Executive were informed.
Officers were called to the area on Sim Balk Lane, York, at around 2.35pm yesterday by the ambulance service.
The police spokesman said: ‘At this stage, police do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances and it appears that the girl has become entangled in a piece of play equipment.
‘The police are carrying out an investigation into the incident to establish exactly what happened and would like anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.’
It is believed that the girl was attending York College’s nursery, which offers day-care for 112 children aged six weeks to five years.
As well as caring for children of the college’s students, it also provides work placements – although the nursery’s website states that students on such placements are never left unsupervised with children.
The college confirmed that the nursery will be closed today.
Ofsted inspectors praised its play area in their last report, saying: ‘Children use the superb outdoor facilities with gusto, as they have ample opportunities to be active and improve their skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. They thoroughly enjoy, digging, climbing, balancing, crawling, building and observing the world around them.’
No-one was available for comment at York College. The nursery’s website states that students on work placements are never left unsupervised with children.