A Bradley Stoke nursery is celebrating success in achieving Millie’s Mark accreditation, a special endorsement to childcare providers who go above and beyond the minimum requirements by having 100 percent of staff trained in paediatric first aid.
In line with the objective of the scheme, all staff at Mama Bear’s Baileys Court day nursery are now fully trained, with newly increased awareness of how to deal with potential health issues in babies and young children.
Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who died after choking on food at nursery in 2012 when she was just nine months old. Her parents, Dan and Joanne Thompson, are behind the successful campaign for changes to first aid requirements for childcare providers.
The scheme is delivered by the National Day Nurseries Association and supported by the Department for Education.
Nursery manager Emma Tolley said:
“Being Millie’s Mark-accredited increases our ability to respond quickly and effectively in emergencies, raising the quality and skills of the whole team and ensuring we deal competently with day-to-day first aid issues, such as allergies.
“It also provides enhanced reassurance to parents, because the nature of this scheme is that there will be continual assessment to keep our accreditation current.”
It took the team four months to complete the training, which included internal mentoring and on-the-spot training scenarios.
Photo: Staff and children at the Mama Bear’s Day Nursery setting at Baileys Court.
This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 23). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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