In July 2017, Bright Beginnings Nursery was awarded Millie's Mark, which is backed by the National Day Nurseries Association.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines, which childcare settings in England are required to follow, currently 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)
Millie's Mark is awarded as a special endorsement to childcare providers that go above and beyond these minimum requirements by having 100% of staff trained in paediatric first aid, and also ensuring that everything learned during the course is kept alive and in the forefront of practitioners’ minds so that they are confident, ready and capable.
By gaining the Millie's Mark accreditation, we provide reassurance for our parents that all our childcare practitioners know what to do in a paediatric first aid situation. It acknowledges that children’s safety is at the forefront of our nursery’s mind when we care for children.
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.
Millie’s parents, Dan and Joanne Thompson, founded Millie’s Trust and have successfully campaigned for changes to first aid requirements for childcare providers.
"Millie’s Mark is our gorgeous daughter’s legacy, and to see the development of a voluntary scheme mark introduced into nurseries is an achievement not just for us, but for parents everywhere. We put our children into the hands of nurseries and we expect they will be cared for in the best possible way. A nursery achieving Millie’s Mark is an exceptional achievement for not only the nursery but for the children and the parents too.
The achievement of the mark acknowledges that staff would be confident in maybe one day saving a child’s life if they needed to. Confidence is a key factor in the administration of first aid and Millie’s Mark allows nurseries to feel confident in their own team.