What is Millie's Mark?
*Millie's Mark is currently only available to early years childcare providers in England, but NDNA is now consulting on rolling out the accreditation to Scotland and Wales. We are looking for views from parents of children in early years setting in Scotland and Wales - please share your views in our short survey by 25 January. Read more on our news page.*
As a parent, placing your child in a nursery that is endorsed with Millie’s Mark provides reassurance 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 the nursery’s mind when they care for your child.
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.
"My son's nursery in Stockport has just been awarded Millie's Mark. I just wanted to send you a note for Millie's parents to say thank you - and congratulations - for having the strength to come up with such a worthwhile organisation in Millie's memory. You've made the environment my two-year-old son is cared for in much safer, so thank you." Richard, dad of a child at Millie's Mark accredited nursery
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.
National Day Nurseries Association
National Early Years Enterprise Centre
Telephone: 01484 40 70 70
Fax: 01484 40 70 60