Co-operative Childcare Newburn is one of the first nurseries in England to receive new Millie’s Mark first aid award

The Co-operative Childcare in Newburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne, is among ten nurseries across England to be the first to achieve Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark for excellence in paediatric first aid for early years settings.

The status was created by charity Millie’s Trust with the Department for Education and is being administered by National Day Nurseries Association.

First awards have been made to nurseries that took part in a pilot ahead of last month’s full go-live, after achieving the detailed and rigorous criteria involved.

Millie’s Mark is being awarded to nurseries where all staff members who work with children are qualified in paediatric first aid and who have well-deployed first aid processes.

The process takes three to six months and involves intensive support from an NDNA mentor, completion of an audit, risk assessment and spot checks.

All nurseries achieving Millie’s Mark have their own individual policies and procedures in exemplary practice.

The Co-operative Childcare in Newburn ensures all colleagues complete their Paediatric First Aid Training as close to their start date as possible and renew every three years. Colleagues recap on their knowledge and skills regularly in team meetings.

The setting also implements a buddy system for colleagues, to help them build confidence and knowledge in their role. The buddy is a confident and experienced practitioner who can support, advise and share excellent childcare practice to new colleagues.

Lisa Robertson, nursery manager at The Co-operative Childcare in Newburn, said: “To be one of the first nurseries in the country to achieve Millie’s Mark is a fantastic achievement for everyone at the nursery. It is an important part of the continual work we are doing to deliver the best possible childcare services to our nursery children and pre-schoolers.

“For colleagues, the Award is a key part of their training and development. As a Society, we’re committed to the on-going learning and development of our colleagues, which in turn enables us to maintain the highest standards of care in our nurseries.”

Millie’s Trust was formed in 2012 by Joanne and Dan Thompson. The Trust has campaigned tirelessly for all early years’ staff to be trained in paediatric first aid.

Joanne Thompson said: “As Millie's parents, we are extremely proud that Millie's Mark is our daughter's legacy and we are so pleased that the first ten nurseries in England have now received their award.

“The response from the sector has been fantastic and we are pleased that so many nurseries across England have already made an application for the mark.

“For parents, choosing a nursery with the mark allows them to have confidence in the paediatric first aid training that the people looking after their children will have.” 

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “Millie’s Mark is a fantastic achievement for these nurseries. It will give reassurance for parents and help keep young children safe in nurseries across the country.

“We hope it will help parents make an informed choice about childcare.”

The full roll of honour includes HeadStart Day Nursery in Horsham; Happy Tots Preschool Play Group in Ipswich; Little People Nursery in Shepherds Bush, London; Sansway House Day Nursery in Bristol; Elm Cottage and North Cheshire Jewish Nursery in Greater Manchester; Granby Nursery in Worksop; Cooperative Childcare Newburn in Newcastle Upon Tyne; Nature Trails Day Nursery in Rugby and Turnbridge Day Nursery in Goole.

Go to www.milliesmark.com for more information.

More about Millie’s Mark

Criteria to achieve Millie’s Mark requires settings to have 100% of staff working directly with children qualified in paediatric first aid but also stipulates that the learning is kept in the forefront of practitioners’ minds, so they are confident, ready and capable, should an emergency occur.

The process takes three to six month and accreditation lasts for three years.

Applicants are allocated a Millie’s Mark mentor to guide them through the entire process, check the criteria can be met by the end of the six months and answer any questions.

Nurseries must undergo a setting audit examining paediatric first aid processes and procedures.

The audit requires evidence of staff deployment, due diligence process, staffing and ongoing paediatric first aid training during the Millie’s Mark three-year cycle, partnerships with parents and external stakeholders, policies and assessment documents and use these to inform improvement, staff confidence and training and a floor plan review.

If areas for improvement are identified, the mentor will work with the setting to develop an action plan to support improvement.

When all the steps are complete, applicants must upload the evidence to the Millie’s Mark website. An assessor is allocated to check and evaluate this material when it has been completed. The Millie’s Mark assessment panel then makes the final decision on whether to award accreditation.

Once achieving Millie’s Mark, some settings will be subject to a spot check assessment on site, with notification the day before the visit. This method of assessment keeps costs to a minimum for settings while ensuring the quality and integrity of the assessment process.

Settings awarded Millie’s Mark are listed at www.milliesmark.com

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