Nursery in Wilmslow closed over child protection issues

Wilmslow Day Nursery
Image caption The nursery has had its registration suspended for six weeks

A nursery in Cheshire has been closed over child protection concerns, the education watchdog Ofsted has confirmed.

Wilmslow Day Nursery in Hawthorn Lane, Wilmslow, has had its registration suspended for six weeks "to remove any potential for harm to children".

Cheshire police, Cheshire East Council and Ofsted are all investigating.

A spokesman for Ofsted would not confirm the nature of child protection issues.

In a statement, they said: "Ofsted has been made aware of concerns about issues relating to child protection at Wilmslow Day Nursery.

'Early stages'

"As a result, and in order to remove any potential for harm to children, Ofsted has suspended the registration of the nursery and the setting cannot operate at present.

"Ofsted will consider the position on the suspension when the risk of harm to children has been fully established."

He said it was normal procedure for Ofsted to notify parents by letter when a nursery's registration was withdrawn.

A Cheshire police spokeswoman added: "Concerns have been raised regarding the management and welfare of children at Wilmslow Day Nursery.

"The investigation led by Cheshire police and supported by Cheshire East and Ofsted remains in its early stages in order to determine whether any criminal offences have taken place."

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