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Lydia Bishop death: York nursery to stay closed during inquiry

Lydia Bishop
Lydia Bishop died after becoming entangled in a rope on a slide on her first day at the nursery

A nursery in York where a three-year-old girl died is to remain closed until at least November.

Lydia Bishop died after becoming entangled in a rope on a slide in a play area at the nursery at York College on 17 September.

The college said staff were "shocked and profoundly saddened".

It said the nursery would not reopen until an investigation by police, Ofsted and the Health and Safety Executive concludes.

Principal Dr Alison Birkinshaw said she did not expect that to happen before 5 November.

She said: "All parents have been contacted by the local authority explaining the situation and have been offered support to find alternative childcare during this time.

"York College has pledged to cover the additional costs of any alternative childcare."

Dr Birkinshaw said the college was "extremely grateful" for messages of sympathy and support received since Lydia's death.

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