Nursery worker arrested amid child abuse claims

A nursery worker has been arrested following allegations of sexual assault at a childcare centre in Dorset, police said.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said the employee was arrested on Thursday after detectives received a report of abuse against a child at Starlight Childcare Centre in Winfrith – close to Dorset Police headquarters.

Ofsted has suspended the day nursery’s licence pending police inquiries, a spokesman for the education watchdog said.

Police would not say whether the suspect was male or female but confirmed the person was released on bail while investigations continue.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “It should be emphasised that this investigation is in the preliminary stages and, at this time, no person has been convicted of any offence.

“This investigation will be conducted by the child abuse investigation team.

“The primary concern of Dorset Police and its partner agencies – including social services – is the continued safety of all children who attend this nursery.”

An Ofsted spokesman said: “Ofsted is aware of the police investigation and is working closely with police and the Wareham Childcare team. The nursery registration has been temporarily suspended.”