A paedophile nursery worker is thought to have revealed the names of her victims to police.
Lawyers representing Vanessa George (39), who abused toddlers and took more than a hundred indecent pictures, are in talks with police over “the question of victim identification”.
The mother-of-two who worked at Little Ted's Nursery in Plymouth, Devon, is thought to have named up to 10 youngsters.
But parents now face an agonising wait while officers investigate George's claims.
George had refused to name the children in police interviews. Her apparent change of heart came just two weeks before she faces a lengthy prison term.
But parents fear the admissions may be a late attempt to win credit and lessen her sentence.
A police spokeswoman said: “As part of ongoing inquiries detectives from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary are involved in a dialogue with George's defence counsel, and the question of victim identification is part of that.
“It would be inappropriate to go into this further until sentencing is complete.
“We continue to update parents regularly regarding the investigation.
“Currently, no individual children have been identified and this information confirmed, but we continue to investigate this.”
Parents gave a mixed reaction to the news, with many saying that a partial disclosure would not be satisfactory.