Nursery First Aid - 16 March 2015

Nursery First Aid - 16 March 2015

Jo Newman, Head of Clifton College Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School, has welcomed plans to improve life-saving skills - whilst assuring parents that Clifton College already goes above statutory requirements.

Jo Newman

The Government has introduced plans for the new rules which will require all new staff to have level two and three first aid training if they want to work in nurseries.

Mrs Newman said: "We currently have 16 members of EYFS staff (out of 17) with paediatric first aid qualifications and 1 with level 1 first aid qualification. This is above the statutory requirement.



"We also have an on site Matron as well as a medical centre with fully qualified nurses. The safety of our children is of the utmost importance to us and we take it very seriously."

Sam Gyimah, the childcare minister, will set out the plans in the wake of the death of Millie Thompson who choked to death in a nursery in 2012.

Nurseries with 100 per cent trained first aid staff will be able to display a new kitemark scheme – dubbed Millie’s Mark – from next year so parents know…

First aid will also form part of Ofsted inspections of nurseries.

The simple change will mean that around 15,000 additional trained early years professionals to our nurseries and pre-schools each and every year.

Mr Gyimah told The Telegraph that he expects all staff to be trained in first aid in the country’s nurseries “within two to three years”…

The findings have come from a review of nursery first aid after the death of nine month old Millie Thompson at a nursery in October 2012.

Millie choked on shepherd’s pie during her mashed lunchtime feed from a supervisor at Ramillies Hall private school in Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester.

The supervisor’s first aid certificate had expired and a colleague who did have training could not save Millie.

Millie’s parents Joanne and Dan Thompson said: “We are both extremely pleased that the government have listened to our awareness campaign and changes are being made that could ultimately save a child’s life."