Millie’s Mark is officially launched 

I don’t normally blog about what’s going on with the charity at all – as the blog is my personal journey outside of what we do with Millie’s Trust big today’s official announcement from the government is far too important not to blog about and it is of course part of our personal journey! 

Many of you guys at the back end of 2013 and throughout 2014 made the effort to sign the petition that we started following Millie’s Inquest – to raise the standards of paediatric first aid in nursery. 

You guys were fabulous and over 103,000 people signed our petition, which triggered a debate which in turn led to the announcement of Millie’s Mark and a change in paediatric first aid with regards to newly qualified staff and we have been waiting for so many months to finally be able to talk properly about it and TODAY IS THE DAY!! 

This morning Minister Sam Gyimah formally announced the creation of Millie’s Mark at a conference that I am about (nerves of steel here) to speak at. (3pm on Friday 1st of July – if you’re reading this blog after that time, I’ve already spoken 😀).

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This is is it!!! This is official logo of Millie’s Mark – going forward this is what parents need to be looking for in nurseries to ensure staff are trained in paediatric first aid.

Please note this logo is trademarked and is NOT ALLOWED to be used on a premises without the nursery applying for  and achieving the mark 

Please note this logo is trademarked and is NOT ALLOWED to be used on a premises without the nursery applying for and achieving the mark 

Below is the official photo of the announcement – this is a new mascot, called Millie and if you look closely on her t-shirt, you can see the official logo for the Mark. 


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We have worked so hard to make this a reality and a legacy for our daughter, that today seems a bit surreal and I am sure that when we launch the first awarded nursery it will feel even more surreal. (The Pilot scheme is currently taking place and we are very close to announcing the first nurseries to receive the mark and then it will be open to any nursery in England to apply) 

This has been an emotional day for us and I just have to hold it together for my speech now, wish me luck! 

“We are so proud of our daughter, as is Leo of his big sister xxxx”

More to come later …

Xxx

Official Press Release. 

NEW ‘GOLD STANDARD’ IN PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID LAUNCHED FOR EARLY YEARS SETTINGS IN MEMORY OF BABY

 A new initiative to help improve paediatric first aid training in early years settings has been launched today by Education and Childcare Minister, Sam Gyimah in memory of a nine month old girl who tragically died in 2012.

 Millie Thompson passed away after choking on her lunch while at nursery in Stockport. Since her death, Millie’s parents – Joanne and Dan – have campaigned for a new ‘gold standard’ certificate to be created in recognition of early years childcare providers that train all their staff in paediatric first aid, going above and beyond the minimum legal requirements

The quality mark – which has been developed by the Department for Education, National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) and the Thompsons – will be known as ‘Millie’s Mark’ and will help to give parents assurance that every staff member that cares for their child is trained in these important, life-saving skills.

 Speaking at the NDNA annual conference in Milton Keynes, Mr Gyimah will call on nurseries and other early years providers to apply for the quality mark so that as many members of staff are trained in paediatric first aid as possible.

“As a parent myself, I know there is nothing more important than the safety and security of our children. We trust the staff looking after them will have the right training should anything happen while they are in their care.

 “That’s why I’m pleased to announce that the Department for Education has awarded the National Day Nursery Association the contract to deliver a voluntary quality mark for nursery providers that have trained all of their staff in paediatric first aid.

 “I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Millie’s parents, Joanne and Dan, who have campaigned tirelessly in their daughter’s memory to reduce the chances of such tragic accidents happening in future. It is hoped that, over time, this initiative will help ensure that as many staff members as possible are trained in these important, life-saving skills.

“I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with NDNA and Millie’s parents, and to seeing the early years providers that go over and above to help keep our children safe.” SG 

  Also speaking at the conference, Joanne Thompson

“Millie’s Mark is a direct outcome of our campaign as parents, for parents. Following the loss of our darling daughter Millie, we strive to encourage nurseries to be exemplary in paediatric first aid practice and we are looking forward to seeing the first Millie’s Mark being awarded later in the year.”

 NDNA Chief Executive, Purnima Tanuku OBE, said:

“We are delighted to have been successful in our bid to develop and deliver Millie’s Mark. We believe passionately that it will make a difference in keeping children safe.

“Millie’s Mark will soon be well-known to parents all over the country as a clear indicator of the highest standards in keeping children safe from harm.  

“Seeing that a nursery has achieved Millie’s Mark will help parents make informed decisions when they are choosing childcare and it will be great for nurseries to show how serious they are about providing the best services possible.”

 From summer 2016, early years settings in England will be eligible to apply to be accredited with this unique quality mark that will provide parents with the assurance that their child is being cared for by safe and knowledgeable staff. The quality mark will be in addition to the existing statutory requirements for paediatric first aid that all early years providers must meet as a legal requirement.

A total of 10 nurseries, chosen from more than 200 applicants, have been taking part in a pilot to thoroughly test the new standards that settings will be required to demonstrate. These nurseries will be the first to receive Millie’s Mark.  

 Alongside the launch of ‘Millie’s Mark’ the government has today published our response to the consultation on changing the paediatric first aid requirements in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. The majority of those who responded were in favour of increasing the number of paediatric first aiders in early years settings. 

So, from this September, all newly qualified level 2 and level 3 staff must also have either a full paediatric first aid certificate or an emergency paediatric first aid certificate to count in the required staff:child ratios. This will mean an extra 15,000 staff a year coming into the sector with paediatric first aid training, providing vital reassurance to parents that their children will be well cared for, particularly in an emergency. Paediatric first aid training has also been shown to increase safety awareness, so reducing the likelihood of accidents occurring and staff confidence especially when helping children with complex medical needs.”

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