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Runaway kids prompt Helsinki to urge daycare security checks

The directive came after a group of six youngsters, aged two and three, slipped away from a daycare centre in Kalasatama last Friday.

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Image: Mikko Stig / Lehtikuva

Helsinki city officials are set to circulate a new set of safety guidelines to early childhood education staff throughout the city.

The guidelines call on supervisors to check the condition of fences, gates and locks at daycare centres. Supervisors are also being called upon to review safety procedures with all personnel.

The directive follows a case last Friday, where six children aged between two and three escaped from a daycare in the Kalasatama district. No one noticed that the children were missing until a worker discovered them at a nearby play park upon leaving work and returned them to their caregivers, according to the daily Helsingin Sanomat.

The group had been on the lam for 20 minutes altogether.

According to a statement issued by the city Tuesday, staff at the daycare have since reviewed the events and also revised safety and security measures and checked the gate, fence and yard of the daycare. Staff determined that the lock on the gate was in urgent need of repair.

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