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POLICE PROBE NURSERY ASSAULT CLAIMS; Woman quits after colleagues say she attacked five childrenEX-WORKER ACCUSED OF HITTING KIDS.

Byline: Norman Silvester

A nursery are being investigated by police over claims children were physically abused by a female worker.

It is claimed the stamember may have assaulted five boys and girls under four at the Happy Days Too nursery in Busby, near Glasgow.

the 25-year-old woman who is alleged to have carried out the attacks quit last month after she was suspended and an internal inquiry launched. She had only joined in August last year.

the nursery is run by chartered accountant and businessman Dougie MacAulay. He is also the owner and boss of CME Investments Ltd, who manage Happy Days Too and another nursery, Happy Days, in nearby Mearnskirk.

MacAulay also sits on the board of MG ALBA, the body responsible for funding Gaelic programming in Scotland.

He contacted parents last week to inform them about the alleged incidents. He also told them he had alerted Police Scotland, Scottish Social Services Council, the government body PVG (Protection of Vulnerable People), the Care Inspectorate and East Renfrewshire Council Social Services Department.

parents were told in letters last week that it was the first time in 20 years he had to take action like this.

The nursery have offered support and assistance to parents.

In the letter, MacAulay said: "A female ex-member of staff has been reported to the relevant authorities for alleged inappropriate behaviour.

"For avoidance of doubt, she is the only member of stawho is involved and there are no allegations of a sexual nature.

"the allegations are around her conduct and standards of care while carrying out her duties in the playroom.

"As soon as the allegations were made by colleagues, the manager took immediate action by removing her, suspending her and commencing disciplinary action. This disciplinary action includes taking full statements from stain the room as well as taking statements from the referred member of sta.

"She resigned during the disciplinary process."

Police Scotland said yesterday: "A complaint has been made and our inquiries are continuing."

The Scottish Social Services Council said: "The person is registered with us. We are aware of the case but cannot comment while it is under investigation."

" Last year, regulatory bodye Care Inspectorate upheld three complaints from parents about poor communication from the nursery management about their children. the nursery were told they should do more to keep parents better informed of accidents and incidents involving their children.

Yesterday, MacAulay conrmed the police were investigating allegations against the nursery, which has 170 children and 50 staff He said: "We have referred the matter to the police and all the relevant regulatory authorities. We're providing information and cooperating in any way we can.

"We are trading as normal "We are trading as normal and have the full confidence of and have the full confidence of the parents."

We have referred the matter to the police and have the full condence of parents

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PROBe Happy Days Too nursery in Busby, near Glasgow

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Date:Mar 29, 2015
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