The parents of a three-year-old girl who died at a nursery in York said they were 'disappointed' that the nursery did not admit their failings until the jury reached its verdict.
Lydia Bishop choked to death on her first full day at the York College nursery when she became tangled in a rope on an outdoor slide in September 2012.
Nursery worker Sophee Redhead was cleared of manslaughter. York College was today fined £175,000 for health and safety breaches.
In a statement, Rebecca Dick and Brad Bishop said: "We have re-lived those last moments of Lydia’s life in grave detail and heard evidence over and over surrounding the events of that day.
"For the last 17 months we felt terribly let down that throughout the process, no-one had accepted any responsibility for what happened to Lydia, which has made it even harder to deal with.
"It is obvious that fatal mistakes were made, both on that day and in the weeks and months leading up to it, and that Lydia was not properly cared for.
"We are disappointed that it is not until the jury reached their verdict that the college have finally admitted their failings and we acknowledge that they have finally apologised through their statement to the press.
“Although nothing could ever compensate for our tragic loss, we anticipated a more substantial penalty would be imposed on York College.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank North Yorkshire Police and Robert Smith QC for their efforts in bringing the case to it’s conclusion.
"We feel that we have remained dignified throughout the last 17 months and respectfully request that the members of the press respect our privacy at this time.”
A nursery worker wept in court today as she was dramatically cleared of the manslaughter of a three-year-old girl who died on her first day at the nursery.
Lydia Bishop got her neck caught in a rope on a slide at York College Nursery.
Sophee Redhead was today cleared of all charges against her.
York College was found guilty of health and safety failings and said it deeply regretted what happened.
Jon Hill reports.
A nursery worker has been cleared of all charges in relation to the death of a three-year-old girl who died on her first day at nursery after getting her neck caught in a rope on a slide.
25-year-old Sophee Redhead burst into tears today as she was found not guilty of the manslaughter of Lydia Bishop, at Leeds Crown Court.
Miss Redhead was also cleared of an alternative charge under health and safety legislation of failing to take "reasonable care" of the little girl.
A three-week trial has heard how Lydia died following the accident at an outdoor play area at the nursery at York College.
The jury today found the college guilty of health and safety breaches.
The judge, Mr Justice Coulson, said he would sentence the college next week.
York College has been found guilty of health and safety failings which led to the death of a three-year-old girl at their on-site nursery.
Lydia Bishop died at the nursery on 17 September 2013, after a rope attached to a slide became entangled around her neck.
She was not discovered for 20 minutes and was later pronounced dead upon her arrival at York Hospital.
The rope was supposed to be removed at the end of every supervised play session, but the court heard that it had not been moved for two months.
The College was today found guilty of failing to ensure people not in their employment were not exposed to a risk to their health and safety.
Nursery worker Sophee Readhead was cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence and a further health and safety charge.
York College have issued a statement over the death of toddler, Lydia Bishop:
The college took the decision to close the nursery immediately after the tragedy, and say it will not reopen.