Nursery worker warned after 'grabbing, dragging and flinging' toddler

A watchdog found that Marie Gilmour's actions caused the two-year-old's mother 'significant distress'.

Edinburgh nursery worker issued warning after ‘grabbing, dragging and flinging’ toddler iStock

A nursery worker has received a warning after she was found to have grabbed, dragged and flung a two-year-old – in front of the child’s mother.

Marie Gilmour was employed as a nursery practitioner in Edinburgh on or around November 22, 2021, when the incident occurred.

A hearing by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) decided that she had “physically abused” the child, and could have caused physical and emotional harm as a result.

It also found that Ms Gilmour’s actions caused the child’s mother “significant distress”, and demonstrated a “lack of control”.

The council also found that she had failed to demonstrate any insight, regret or remorse for her actions.

The SSSC said: “Your behaviour demonstrates a lack of control and represent a breach of the trust placed in you by the child, the child’s parents, and your former employer.”

It added: “Young children in nurseries are reliant upon their care givers to protect them. They should have trust and confidence in those working with them.

“Behaviour of this sort breaches that trust and has the potential to place children at risk of physical and emotional harm.”

A warning has been placed on Ms Gilmour’s registration for a period of 12 months as a consequence of her actions.

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