Please find below an update for your childcare setting regarding Millie’s Mark, whether you want to apply, are currently working towards accreditation or have already been awarded. You can find general Coronavirus updates and support on the NDNA website.
If you want to apply for Millie’s Mark
You are still currently able to apply and work towards Millie’s Mark. Panels are not currently taking place, so your application will go towards the next available panel.
If you are currently working towards Millie’s Mark
Millie’s Trust and NDNA understand your concerns about paediatric first aid training and the six month window to achieve Millie’s Mark. As the length of this situation is unknown, we have agreed that settings working towards Millie’s Mark can currently have an extension to the 6 months achievement window.
You may be ready to apply for assessment and can still do so, however we will not be holding panel due to government social distancing guidelines. We will review government guidance and update you when this extended period will close.
Following the latest government guidance around the renewal of Paediatric First Aid training, if your certificate expired on or after 16 March 2020 the validity of any certificates are extended by up to 3 months. Training has been directly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. This advice is taken from the government website and will be updated when any further advice given.
During this time you may wish to use the staff confidence audit to enable you to consider how best to support your staff whilst they are waiting to retake/take paediatric first aid training.
If you have already achieved Millie’s Mark
We are aware how passionate you all are about paediatric first aid in your setting and how challenging the situation is at the moment. If you are still operating during this time, we have agreed that as long as you have the minimum levels of paediatric first aid qualified staff set out by the EYFS, you will still be considered as meeting the requirements of the Mark until this unprecedented situation changes.
As above, if paediatric first aid certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus (COVID-19) or by complying with related government advice, the validity of current certificates can be extended. We will review government guidance and update you when this extended period will close. This applies to certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020.
All settings that are due for renewal will remain awarded throughout this period of uncertainty until everything gets back to normal and then we will be in contact. If you have any queries or concerns please contact us,
We are recommending that settings carry out a risk assessment (if not already) of their setting, especially in light of any potential health and safety measures put in place or additional children they are taking on during this time. When completing risk assessments you may wish to revisit staff confidence to enable you to consider how best to support your staff whilst they are waiting to retake/take PFA training. To help maintain the team’s wider knowledge, where staff have recently undertaken training it would be best practice to cascade this to all staff where possible.
You can find changes to the EYFS Paediatric First Aid requirements during the coronavirus pandemic here.