Nursery under police investigation after complaint from parent

PROBE: Chipmunks Day Nursery

PROBE: Chipmunks Day Nursery

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A WEYMOUTH nursery is at the centre of a police probe after a parent lodged a complaint.

Dorset Police and Dorset County Council confirmed they are investigating an incident at Chipmunks Day Nursery, in Buxton Road, Weymouth.

Details of the incident have not been released. No-one has been arrested and the facility remains open for business.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “Dorset Police are jointly investigating the incident with partner agencies and the nursery remains open.”

The privately-owned nursery, which also has a branch in Dorchester, cares for children aged between three-months and 12 years and is open 51 weeks a year, according to its website.

The Weymouth manager of Chipmunks Day Nursery, Beccy Firth, confirmed that the nursery had carried out an internal investigation following the complaint from the parent, but the nursery remained open as the investigations continued.

She said no staff had been suspended or sacked following the alleged incident.

She said: “It was a confidential matter. A parent did raise concerns but we followed our policies and procedures and Chipmunks remains open for business.

“We are co-operating with the authorities and the police on the matter.”

The authorities were informed of the complaint earlier this week.

A spokesman for Dorset County Council said: “Chipmunks in Weymouth is a private nursery. As the local authority, we work closely with Ofsted to ensure that children are provided with high quality childcare and education.

“We are aware that a parent has raised concerns and we are working closely with Dorset Police and other partner agencies to investigate the matter and the nursery remains open.”

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