All nursery staff to have life-saving first aid skills within three years

The Telegraph is reporting that ministers have said all nursery staff will trained in vital life-saving first aid skills within three years…

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.

Under the plans, all new staff will have to have level two and three first aid training if they want to work in nurseries.

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…


Good move? Any reservations? Any is it clear who pays for this? 


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove A good move but who will pay? Surprised that it took the loss of life for it to be considered

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