A Care Inspectorate spokesperson said: 

“We reported allegations to the police last month and have extremely serious concerns about the quality of care offered to young children in the nursery. Following a joint inspection with Education Scotland, we served an Improvement Notice, requiring urgent changes around life-saving medication, nutrition and staffing. 

 “We regulate The Hamilton School Nursery, but not the school itself.

“Following the ministerial decision to close the school, our inspectors visited the nursery this morning and remain extremely concerned for the health, safety and welfare of children. 

“This afternoon we made an application to Aberdeen Sheriff Court under Section 65 of the Public Services Reform Act seeking suspension of the nursery’s registration, because we believe there is a continuing serious risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of children. 

“The Sheriff has fixed a hearing for Wednesday. 

“This will be an extremely difficult time for families, and urge parents with any concerns to contact Aberdeen City Council on 01224 814828.

We are working extremely closely with Education Scotland and the council. 

“If parents wish to speak the Care Inspectorate about our role or raise concerns about the quality of care, they are free to contact us on 0345 600 9527 and our lines will be staffed this evening and during the weekend.

“We will not hesitate to use every power at our disposal to safeguard children attending any nursery in Scotland.”