Four North Devon nurseries have had their registration suspended by Ofsted.

The suspension runs from today (Thursday) at Claire’s Flying Start, Claire’s Little Bears, and Claire’s Newport Nursery in Barnstaple, and Claire’s Little Robins in Northam.

This means the nurseries will close during this time.

A spokesman for Ofsted said: “We have suspended the registration of these four nurseries in Devon because we have received information that gives us cause to believe safeguarding arrangements are not secure.

“We are investigating while the suspensions are in place and will publish the outcome in due course.”

A notice posted outside Claire’s Little Robins said the suspension was in place until May 2.

The Gazette has approached Claire’s Childrens Nurseries for comment.