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Toddler allegedly assaulted by staff at nursery shut down by Ofsted

Article By: Sue Learner, Editor

Greater Manchester Police is investigating an alleged assault on a toddler at Rainbows End Nursery, which has been temporarily shut down by Ofsted.

The early years regulator has temporarily suspended the registration of the Middleton nursery “due to an ongoing investigation about the way safeguarding concerns are dealt with”.

Nursery staff and parents have been told the nursery is closed until further notice.

Police are looking into claims that two-year-old Sophia Swann was “strangled” by a staff member at the nursery. Her mother Jade from Middleton said she came home with “red marks” around her neck and told her sister she was “scared of teachers”.

Sophia had only been attending the nursery, which is registered for 50 children, since June.

A spokesman for the force said: “Greater Manchester Police received a report of an assault at Rainbows End Nursery, Vale Street, on 25 June 2016. Investigations are ongoing.”

The nursery is in a single-storey building and prides itself on having ‘long-serving staff with over 20 years experience’. It cares for children aged between three months and five years.


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