New First Aid Requirements for Early Year’s providers

A landmark decision has been made in the childcare sector in memory of Millie Thompson. A little girl who tragically died as a result of choking on food at a nursery in Stockport in 2012.  Following her death, Millie’s parents Dan and Joanne, have campaigned to raise awareness of child safety. Together they have increased awareness of a standard requirement for first aid training in practitioners.

From their campaigning ‘Millie’s Mark’ has been created, a new ‘gold standard’ in the childcare sector. In order to count in child ratios, all newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification must have either an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate. Under current rules, at least one paediatric first aider must be available on the premises at all times. This new endorsement is due to be launched from September 2016.

Following a recent NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association) conference, Mr Sam Gyimah, Childcare and Education Minister announced these changes to the childcare providers. Nurseries, where 100% of staff hold paediatric first aid qualifications and have well-deployed first aid processes will receive their Millie’s Mark.  This endorsement has been developed by the Department for Education (DfE), NDNA and Mr and Mrs Thompson.

From summer 2016, early years providers in England will be eligible to apply to be accredited with this unique quality mark. Assuring parents their child is being cared for by safe and knowledgeable staff.  The ‘Millie’s Mark’ will be in addition to the existing statutory requirements for paediatric first aid, where all early years providers must meet the legal requirement.

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