New Paediatric First Aid Guidance
Pre-schools, Nurseries and Millie’s Mark Following recent announcements, we are delighted to provide you with some further information about the changes to paediatric first aid training in early years environments and the upcoming launch of Millie’s Mark.
As you may be aware, under current legislation pre-schools and nurseries in England are only required to have one fully
qualified paediatric first aider available on the premises whilst children are present. However, in an unprecedented
review of the standards, September 2016 will see the regulations finally amended.
Under the new regulations, which are due to be included in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance from 1st
September 2016, all newly qualified staff possessing a Level 2 or 3 childcare qualification must also hold an emergency
paediatric first aid or a full paediatric first aid certificate in order to be included in the required staff to child ratios in an
Dan and Joanne Thompson of Millie’s Trust have been campaigning for the change since the tragic death of their
daughter Millie Thompson, who passed away in a choking incident whilst at nursery in 2012. Their heart-felt campaign
rapidly gained public support, with over 103,000 people signing their e-petition! In addition, soon early years care providers in England who have 100% of their staff trained in paediatric first aid will be able to apply for ‘Millie’s Mark’, a brand new kitemark style scheme that is set to be a sign of exceptional paediatric first aid cover.
Developed in conjunction with the Department for Education (DfE) and the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), Millie’s Mark will help to give parents assurance that every staff member that cares for their child is trained in vital paediatric life-saving skills.
If you want more information on any of the First Aid courses offered by Sika SIA in the Glasgow area or throughout Central Scotland then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do everything we can to help or have a look at our current courses.