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A dozen nurseries across England have become the second cohort of childcare settings to achieve Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark for excellence in paediatric first aid.

The development of the mark was funded by the Department for Education and is being delivered by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).

The awards have been made to the following nurseries after achieving the detailed and rigorous process involved, including having all staff members who work with children qualified in paediatric first aid and well-deployed first aid processes in place.

-Gigglers Day Nursery, Bolton
-Little Stars Ltd, Leicester
-Little Faces Childcare Ltd, Chelmsford
-Ladybird Forest Pre-School, Bedford
-Hipperholme & Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Ltd, Brighouse
-Mulberry Bush Nursery Whitefield, Manchester
-Mulberry Bush Nursery Walshaw, Bury
-Mulberry Bush Nursery Walmersley, Bury
-Mulberry Bush Nursery Dumers Lane, Bury
-Mulberry Bush Nursery Tottingham, Bury
-Monkey Puzzle, Southport
-Station House Nursery, Portishead.

The process takes three to six months and involves intensive support from an NDNA mentor, completion of an audit, risk assessment and spot checks.

The Director of Monkey Puzzle, Southport, said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the Millie’s Mark team for your help and support throughout the process. We are thrilled with everything including the outcome.”

Millie’s Trust was formed in 2012 by Joanne and Dan Thompson whose daughter Millie died after choking on food at her nursery.

Millie’s mum and dad have campaigned tirelessly for all early years staff to be trained in paediatric first aid. New Millie’s Mark awards are now being made to nurseries monthly.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “Millie’s Mark is a fantastic achievement for these childcare providers. It will give parents the reassurance that the nursery they have selected is doing all they can to keep children safe.

“We hope it will help parents make an informed choice about childcare.”

Go to www.milliesmark.com for more information.

More about Millie’s Mark

Criteria to achieve Millie’s Mark requires settings to have 100% of staff working directly with children qualified in paediatric first aid but also stipulates that the learning is kept in the forefront of practitioners’ minds, so they are confident, ready and capable, should an emergency occur.

The process takes three to six month and accreditation lasts for three years.

Applicants are allocated a Millie’s Mark mentor to guide them through the entire process, check the criteria can be met by the end of the six months and answer any questions.

Nurseries must undergo a setting audit examining paediatric first aid processes and procedures.

The audit requires evidence of staff deployment, due diligence process, staffing and ongoing paediatric first aid training during the Millie’s Mark three year cycle, partnerships with parents and external stakeholders, policies and assessment documents and use these to inform improvement, staff confidence and training and a floor plan review.

If areas for improvement are identified, the mentor will work with the setting to develop an action plan to support improvement.

When all the steps are complete, applicants must upload the evidence to the Millie’s Mark website. An assessor is allocated to check and evaluate this material when it has been completed. The Millie’s Mark assessment panel then makes the final decision on whether to award accreditation.

Once achieving Millie’s Mark, some settings will be subject to a spot check assessment on site, with notification the day before the visit. This method of assessment keeps costs to a minimum for settings while ensuring the quality and integrity of the assessment process.

Settings awarded Millie’s Mark are listed at www.milliesmark.com


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