Nursery worker given 12 community order for assaulting toddlers

02/10/2012

A 31 year-old nursery worker was today given a 12 month community order at Birmingham Crown Court after she was found guilty of assaulting four children who were in her care at the Small Talk Nurseries in Handsworth, Birmingham.

At an earlier hearing, Kehren Sajid, aged 31, was found guilty of five counts of common assault for offences committed at the nursery last year. 

Nicola Heath, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Parents and guardians should have the confidence that when they are leaving their children in a nursery, they are leaving them with someone that they can trust. Kehren Sajid has been found guilty of abusing that trust.

"Her offences only came to light when members of staff at the nursery were looking at the CCTV on an unrelated matter. They then came across footage of what she was doing and they became concerned at the way Sajid was treating the children, who were all aged between 12 and 18 months old, and reported the matter to the police.

"The footage was the key evidence in this prosecution as it showed Sajid handling the children in a very rough manner, examples of this being a child thrown onto a bed, children being carried or held in the air by one arm.

"Her behaviour towards the children was not a one off as the CCTV covered a period of approximately two weeks and showed her mistreatment of the children to be persistent."