Millie's Mark for nurseries
Update regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19
What is Millie's Mark?
Millie's Mark will be 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.
When your setting gains the Millie's Mark accreditation, you provide reassurance for your parents that all childcare practitioners know what to do in a paediatric first aid situation.
It acknowledges that children’s safety is at the forefront of your mind when you care for children. Read more about the accreditation process.
Who can become accredited?
Millie's Mark is available to nurseries, nursery schools, pre-schools, primary schools and childminders in England and Scotland.
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. Read more about Millie's legacy.
Millie's Mark in England
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)
You can find changes to the EYFS Paediatric First Aid requirements during the coronavirus pandemic here.
Millie's Mark in Scotland
There are no specific requirements for the number of paediatric first aid trained staff under Scotland’s Health and Social Care Standards. However 1.24 of the standards states that 'Any treatment or intervention that I experience is safe and effective'; 3.14 states that 'I have confidence in people because they are trained, competent and skilled' and 4.14 states that 'My care and support is provided in a planned and safe way, including if there is an emergency or unexpected event'. These standards require sufficient individuals to be trained in paediatric first aid and to have the confidence to act in an emergency.