A new initiative to help improve paediatric first aid training in early years settings has been launched today by Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah, in memory of a 9-month-old girl who tragically died in 2012.
Millie Thompson passed away after choking on her lunch while at nursery in Stockport. Since her death, Millie’s parents Joanne and Dan have campaigned for a new ‘gold standard’ certificate to be created in recognition of early years childcare providers that train all their staff in paediatric first aid, going above and beyond the minimum legal requirements.
The quality mark – which has been developed by the Department for Education (DfE), National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) and the Thompsons – will be known as ‘Millie’s Mark’ and will help to give parents assurance that every staff member that cares for their child is trained in these important, life-saving skills.
From summer 2016, early years settings in England will be eligible to apply to be accredited with this unique quality mark that will provide parents with the assurance that their child is being cared for by safe and knowledgeable staff. The quality mark will be in addition to the existing statutory requirements for paediatric first aid that all early years providers must meet as a legal requirement.
Alongside the launch of Millie’s Mark, the government has today published a response to the consultation on changing the paediatric first aid requirements in the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS). The majority of those who responded were in favour of increasing the number of paediatric first aiders in early years settings.
So, from this September , all newly qualified level 2 and level 3 staff must also have either a full paediatric first aid certificate or an emergency paediatric first aid certificate to count in the required staff to child ratios.
‘So for Nurseries that have trained with us at BUFFS and have the New Level 3 Paediatric first aid certificate you need to read the information below and if you meet all the criteria you can apply’. PK
Millie’s Mark – Paediatric First Aid
NDNA has been awarded a contract to deliver Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark
for nurseries where all employees are trained in paediatric first aid.
Nurseries will be able to apply for Millie’s Mark, which will be awarded as a special endorsement to childcare providers that can meet a set criteria including:
- Evidence of needs assessment for setting staff
- Evidence that all staff hold an appropriate in-date PFA (full or emergency) certificate
- Evidence of classroom-based training for one-day courses.
The awarding of Millie’s Mark will be dependent on all of the criteria being met in addition to the legal requirements as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework.
These childcare providers will work to keep these crucial skills in the forefront of their employees’ minds, so that they are competent and ready to act in an emergency situation.
The aims of Millie’s Mark are to keep children safe and minimise risk and accidents by:
- Raising standards in paediatric first aid
- Increasing numbers of first aid-trained staff
- Increasing competency in applying first aid
- Enabling staff to respond quickly in emergencies
- Raising the quality and skills of the early years workforce and helping them with day-to-day first aid issues, such as allergies
- And providing reassurance to parents.