- Security footage shows one of the teachers repeatedly hitting a child's head
- The other nursery employee is seen slapping a boy and violently pushing him
- A parent reportedly discovered the brutal acts after checking the school's CCTV
- He asked to see the videos after spotting a cut on his three-year-old son's face
Two kindergarten teachers in China are facing police investigation after allegedly beating their young pupils who struggled to fall asleep during nap time.
Shocking videos reportedly show the nursery staff violently pushing the children around or slapping them on multiple occasions in eastern Chinese province Zhejiang.
A parent discovered the horrific acts from the surveillance footage after noticing a long cut on his three-year-old son's face after school, reported local media.
The incident was brought to light when the father spotted a bloody scar on his child's forehead when he picked up the boy from the Huibo Early Education in Ningbo on July 7, according to Zhejiang Television.
The parent, known by his surname Sun, requested to check recent footage from the nursery's CCTV camera and was left horrified.
He told reporters: 'My son was lying there trying to sleep. One of the teachers was scolding another kid. My son sat up to look because children are, you know, curious about everything.
'The other teacher then picked up a pillow and threw it at my son's face. The kid covered his face and didn't dare to move anymore,' said Mr Sun.
Other clips uploaded by a web user, believed to be Mr Sun's wife, allegedly show one of the teachers repeatedly hitting another boy's head and body after the child failed to nap.
The other teacher is seen slapping a pupil's face and pointing her finger at the child, seemingly threatening him to lie down.
The two female teachers, who remain employed, are being investigated by local police, according to the kindergarten owner, known by his surname Qiu.
He told the local station: 'Once the investigation is over, we will terminate their contracts accordingly.'
Various incidents of child abuse in recent years have haunted China's pre-school industry.
In 2019, two kindergarten pupils in south-east China were forced by their teacher to sleep in the midday sun as punishment for being too noisy in class.
Another teacher was filmed in 2018 pushing one of her pupils and pulling out a chair from under her to punish the 'disruptive' student as she did not return to her assigned seat, reported Chinese media.
Experts have previously told South China Morning Post that abuse in mainland schools was due to a mindset widely accepted in society that adults can use methods they themselves deem appropriate, like beating, scolding and emotional abuse or 'cold violence' to control or educate children.