The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines state that only one person with a current paediatric first aid is needed on site and available at all times. Millie’s Mark goes beyond this and is awarded if 100% of staff are trained in paediatric first aid and ensure that everything learned from the course is kept in the forefront of the practitioners’ minds. The accreditation recognises the settings commitment to keeping children in their care safe and having highly qualified staff.
Millie’s Mark is also a massive reassurance for parents as they can be confident that first aid is taken seriously in the setting, and that every practitioner is confident on what to do in an emergency. This is named after Millie Thompson, who unfortunately died after choking on food at nursery in 2012 when she was just nine months old.
The team at Academy Gardens, led by our fantastic manager Michelle, have come together and decided they want to achieve Millie’s Mark. The motivation to attain the Millie’s Mark is to demonstrate their ability to support children of all ages and with a variety of needs including very young babies in the event of a medical emergency.
At Hungry Caterpillars, we provide regular first aid courses throughout the year to ensure all of our team, new and existing are fully up to date. This is the first hurdle of accreditation. In addition, Michelle and the team have been working through an audit which focuses on various aspects of policies and procedures, the setting, staff confidence, floor plan review, first aid equipment and a review of our staff training matrix (which we already have at Hungry Caterpillars).
Another reason they want to be put forward for this is due to the babies who are enrolled from three months. They want to make sure the staff receive the highest quality training in first aid, so they can fully protect all their children, especially the most vulnerable. They are extremely passionate about furthering their learning, development and teamwork, to provide the best quality care to ensuring the children’s wellbeing is at its best.
You can read more about Millie’s Mark at www.milliesmark.com .