Woman arrested after baby girl falls critically ill at Kids Around The Clock Nursery in Oldham

The nursery has been suspended by Ofsted following the incident. Credit: MEN Media

A woman has been arrested after an alleged incident at a nursery left a baby critically ill.

The seven-month-old girl was found in a critical condition in the Kids Around The Clock Nursery, in Chadderton in Oldham and was taken to hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

Ofsted has temporarily suspended the registration for the Kids Around The Clock Nursery on Main Road in Chadderton, and it could remain closed until November 7.

A woman in her 30s has been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault and child cruelty and has since been bailed.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) say the child's parents are being kept updated and are being supported by the investigation team.

Paramedics called police following the incident at around 3.45pm on 21 September, and Ofsted has now suspended the nursery, with the doors potentially remaining shut until 7 November.

A notice of suspension letter sent to the nursery reads: “The purpose of suspension is to allow time to investigate our belief that a child may be exposed to a risk of harm and for any necessary steps to be taken to eliminate or reduce the risk of harm.“We will regularly review the situation and will stop the suspension within this period if we believe children are no longer at risk.”

A spokesperson for Oldham council told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: "Our social workers took swift action as soon as we were made aware of this incident, and we're now working closely with Ofsted and Greater Manchester Police to understand the circumstances of this very concerning situation involving a young child.

"We're unable to comment on the specifics of the case at this time, due to the ongoing police investigation, but will continue to do all we can to ensure children are safe."

The notice of suspension from Ofsted says it will "allow time to investigate our belief that a child may be exposed to a risk of harm". Credit: MEN Media

It outlines that the suspension runs from 27 September until 7 November - a total of five weeks and six days.

The notice goes on to say that the suspension will be 'regularly reviewed' and can be stopped if it is thought children are 'no longer at risk'.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are conducting an investigation with support from partners at Oldham Council and Ofsted relating to the suspected incident.

The woman who was arrested has since been interviewed before being released on bail.

GMP say it believes it is an isolated incident and detectives from Oldham's Child Protection Unit are working closely with all necessary partners as part of the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with any concerns can contact us on 0161 856 8851 quoting incident 2285 of 21/09/2022.