Nine month old baby dies after ‘medical emergency’ as nursery has licence suspended

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Oliver Steeper died six days after being rushed to hospital from Jelly Beans Day Nursery in Ashford, Kent on September 23 – with Ofsted closing the centre for six weeks as an investigation continues

A nine-month-old baby died after suffering a ‘medical emergency’ at nursery.

Oliver Steeper died six days after being rushed to hospital from Jelly Beans Day Nursery in Ashford, Kent on September 23.

Education watchdog Ofsted has now temporarily suspended the day care provider’s licence over ‘serious safeguarding concerns’.

A statement from the nursery said: “Following a medical emergency at the nursery involving a child on Thursday 23rd September, Ofsted served a notice of suspension of registration for a period of six weeks for the purposes of an investigation.”

“The nursery will remain closed for the period of the suspension.

“We have today been notified that the child who was subject to this medical incident has tragically died.”

Heart-warming tributes and flowers were left outside the nursery, as his devastated parents shared their memories of him in an emotional Facebook post.

Father, Lewis Steeper wrote: “Our baby boy, our world sadly lost his battle a short time ago and passed away peacefully in our arms.

“We have been so blessed with him in our little family for the 9 months he was here, bringing us joy and happiness every second of the day.

“We both miss Oliver dearly and wish we could see his little beautiful smile and his voice again and would do anything to have that opportunity again just for one second.”

An online fundraiser described the youngster as a “joy to everyone that knew him”.

The tribute read: “On 29th September, baby Oliver Steeper passed away peacefully in hospital after a short battle.

“Oliver was such a joy to everyone that knew him, with a cheeky little smile that you couldn’t help but love. He will forever be remembered by his loving family.

“This fundraiser is for Zoe and Lewis, to bring them a little bit more time without added financial worries.”

An Ofsted spokesperson said: “We have suspended the nursery’s registration due to serious safeguarding concerns.

“It will remain closed while investigations continue.”