Press release from The Nursery, Portishead.

A nursery is going beyond the call of duty to offer first aid training courses to members of the local community.

Earlier in the year, The Nursery in Portishead, near Bristol, achieved the prestigious Millie’s Mark accreditation, England’s gold standard for paediatric first aid.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines, which England’s childcare settings follow, states one person with a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present or on outings. Millie’s Mark, however, is awarded only if all staff are fully trained in first aid.

The Nursery has now gone one step further.  Owner, Jackie Hardie, said: “The Nursery has always understood the importance of investing in staff and their professional development, to maintain exceptional levels of childcare and although we qualified for Millie’s Mark I felt we could go further. Team member Lauren Kayler jumped at the chance to enroll on a residential training course to become a qualified first aid trainer and assessor, which means not only can she teach first aid, she can also award qualifications in the subject.”

Once qualified, Lauren threw the doors open to parents of children attending The Nursery and provided evening and weekend training courses.

Lauren said: “First aid is crucial and I have already put my training to good use in the wider community when someone with a previously undetected heart defect collapsed in a local restaurant where I was eating. When something like that happens it makes you more determined to share knowledge and first aid expertise. The courses we run don’t have to be for a qualification, parents can also come along to undergo basic training so they feel confident in dealing with an emergency, should one occur. Others, however, have undergone the training to achieve a qualification which they have used to benefit not only their friends and family but community groups they are involved in … and their workplace too.”

The Nursery now wants to make the first aid training courses available to everyone and is lining up more evening and weekend courses for the New Year. To book or find out more call 01275 402140.

Photo: Lauren delivering first aid training

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