Compulsory Paediatric First Aid Training

From September 2016 ALL Childcare Level 2 and Level 3 Qualifications MUST include Paediatric First Aid. This affects nursery workers, child minders and early years teachers.

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

This means that mean newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification must have an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate - a life-saving change that will add approximately 15,000 additional trained early years professionals to our nurseries and pre-schools each and every year.

This news received the support of parents Joanne and Dan Thompson, who have been campaigning for the change following the tragic death of their daughter, Millie, at nursery in October 2012. Their important campaign culminated in an e-petition signed by over 103,000 people.

They 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.

“We are proud that these changes are being made in memory of our precious daughter and that her legacy continues to grow - but we are heartbroken that these changes are only coming into place because we lost her.

“The estimate of 15,000 new childcare workers entering the workplace with this specific qualification is fantastic news for parents and we fully support ‘Millie’s Mark’ and are looking forward to working with the specific government departments to help turn this into a reality.”

Mr and Mrs Thompson have also given their backing to the creation of a new kitemark scheme - to be known as ‘Millie’s Mark’.  This will be displayed by nurseries which have achieved gold-standard provision. The certificate will help to give parents assurance that their child is being cared for by safe and knowledgeable staff.

Local Paediatric First Aid Training

Ensuring that all nursery staff, early years teachers and child minders are trained in Paediatric First Aid gives peace of mind to parents and business owners alike.

We are pleased to offer bi-monthly paediatric first aid courses in north Herts. Or – we are happy to provide a course at your location.

All our courses are fully accredited and approved. Plus, we provide certificates to delegates.

Contact us for an informal discussion.