Mum left horrified when her three-year-old boy walked home from childcare with nobody even realising he was missing.

Sarra Reid has spoken of the moment she opened the front door of her home in Scotland, to see her son Liam standing there crying.

The toddler had managed to navigate the nearly kilometre walk along a busy road all by himself, making his way home, shares Yahoo.

She immediately returned Liam to the daycare centre, fearing staff would be in a panic searching for him.

But when she arrived Ms Reid said nobody had even realised he had been missing from the daycare centre for about 20 minutes.

“I had expected to see a search going on for him. But when I walked in with him, the staff just looked perplexed.

“It was then that it dawned on me that they did not know he was missing. I was absolutely horrified.”

Staff said Liam would have walked through two sets of doors as well as an unlocked gate, to leave the premises.

The childcare centre has since had alarms installed on the main door and padlocks on the gate to prevent future wandering children, and employ an additional staff member to keep watch.

OMG that is terrifying! I would be so angry.

How would you react?

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  • That is indeed scary. Particularly a toddler unattended on a busy road would be very worrisome. Hope the new measures at the daycare make it safer.


  • He’s a clever young man. I’d have to be sure there were better safeguards now in place or I would be going to a different childcare centre where adequate arrangements are in place.


  • I thought the procedure was that you signed your child in at reception and the room they were in and did the reverse when you take them out. You have to have a swipe card to get in, or ring the bell to be let in. I’m not sure if you can enter with a code that activates the lock or not. Entering the one I know about there is a gate before the glass doors at the entry of the childcare building. If somebody else is collecting your child you have to have filled out a form and given written consent. Maybe the little boy snuck out behind another adult and child. If that was the case you would have thought the adult would notice and notify the staff immediately


  • OMG. I’d be too terrified to let my child go back there. I’d never be able to relax. How could they not know he was missing. Thank god nothing bad happened to him.


  • OMG. This is shocking… ridiculous…. I’m speechless. How dare they? They should have their licence stripped. Thank God the child was safe and made it home. OMG. Not enough words to describe how I feel.


  • Oh my word- so slack! I can’t believe they didn’t even know he was gone! This could have ended in tragedy!


  • Wow, thank goodness he didn’t get lost and no-one abducted him and he didn’t get hit by a car. Thank goodness this little cheeky angel had angels watching over him.


  • While he seems to be a clever little man in terms of navigating his way home, that is just plain scary that nobody realized he was missing.


  • Ahhhhhhm, there is no way I would be taking him back to that daycare centre!


  • I’m not sure I’d be leaving him there again.


  • Well, surely I would never bring my child back there again. Anything could have happened. He’s a small child, alone, walking on a busy street. And at school nobody realized it?? They’ve got very bad advertisement with this. And they must be glad that nothing bad happened to the child.


  • I don’t know what it worse. 1. The kid managed to escape the childcare centre…somehow. 2. No one noticed he was gone 3. He somehow managed to trek 1km home on a busy main road without getting hurt 4. No one stopped when they saw a toddler alone by the road and at the very least calling authorities and following the kid to make sure they don’t get hurt.


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