Press release from Elmscot Woodlands Day Nursery and Nursery School, Altrincham.

Elmscot Woodlands Day Nursery and Nursery School, Altrincham is delighted to announce it has been awarded the highly-acclaimed Millie’s Mark accreditation.

After the 6 months process, Elmscot Woodlands became the 400th setting to gain the Millie’s Mark accreditation for paediatric first aid.

Millie’s Mark endorses childcare settings that go above and beyond the minimum first aid requirements. Having already achieved an “Outstanding” Ofsted rating, this latest achievement is set to solidify Elmscot Woodlands’ commitment to best practice, providing quality childcare and enhancing health and safety efforts.

The accreditation is delivered by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). It’s the highest achievement early years settings can gain in paediatric first aid. It was founded by Dan and Joanne Thompson, whose daughter Millie tragically died after choking on food at a nursery in 2012 when she was just 9 months old. The accreditation has been designed to give practitioners the confidence to save a child’s life in the event of an emergency such as this.

On achieving Millie’s Mark, Danielle Riley, Nursery Manager at Elmscot Woodlands said: “The best part of the process was realising how well our first aid policies and procedures already fitted in with the Millie’s Mark accreditation criteria. This just proves how important it is that we have all members of staff first aid trained within the first three months of starting employment at Elmscot Woodlands – then attend refresher courses every three years.”

All members of staff were involved in the accreditation process. This included carrying out a self-confidence assessment in applying paediatric first aid. During this assessment, each member of the team had to score how confident they were within different areas of first aid. Those who scored below a certain level were provided with additional mentoring sessions to further strengthen their knowledge base.

Danielle said: “Already having high expectations at Elmscot Woodlands it made the process of achieving the accreditation quiet straightforward, but even still highlighted to us areas for challenge and improvement. Furthermore we are so proud to get the formal recognition that shows children’s safety is at the forefront of our daily practice.

“We constantly strive for outstanding provision and outcomes for all the children that attend our setting. Achieving Millie’s Mark proves just how dedicated the team is towards all areas of care that we provide, including first aid and the safety of all children.”

Steph Molnar, Director of Elmscot Group added: “I’m very proud of the Elmscot Woodlands team for achieving Millie’s Mark. I know it’s something the team is very passionate about and they all work closely with health, safety and first aid regulations to ensure children in their care are kept safe. It’s great that the team have been recognised for all their hard work.”

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