What is Millie’s Mark?
As a parent, placing your child in an early years setting that is endorsed with Millie’s Mark provides reassurance that all childcare practitioners know what to do in a paediatric first aid situation. It acknowledges that children’s safety is at the forefront of the setting’s mind when they care for your child. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines, which childcare settings in England are required to follow, state that just 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. (Dfe 2017, page 22). In Scotland, there is no formal requirement for the number of paediatric first aid trained staff under the Health and Social Care Standards.
Millie’s Mark is a special endorsement for childcare providers that go above and beyond minimum requirements by having 100% of staff trained in paediatric first aid, and also ensuring that everything learned during the course is kept in the forefront of practitioners’ minds so that they are confident, ready and capable. 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. Read more about Millie’s legacy at www.milliesmark.com/about-us. National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is delivering Millie’s Mark in conjunction with Millie’s Trust.