Millie's Mark for nurseries
What is Millie's Mark?
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 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 was previously only available to nurseries, but it has now been extended to nursery schools, pre-schools, reception classes in primary schools and childminders. It is also in consultations to extend into Scotland and Wales in the near future.
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.