We are very proud to announce that ALL of our long-term staff are now first aid trained, with new joiners being booked on courses.
This means that we are well ahead of what is currently required by law, which is that only one first aider need be on the premises at all times.
We believe that it is in every child’s best interests if all our staff are first aid trained and were already working towards our goal of 100% of staff being trained when the government made an announcement in March 2015.
The announcement was that from September 2016, a nursery recruiting a level 2 or level 3 practitioner who had newly completed their childcare qualification must have an emergency paediatric first aid or a full paediatric first aid certificate, if they are to count towards the staff ratios.
The emergency first aid training course would be the equivalent of 1 day of training and would need to be refreshed every 3 years in order for the staff member to keep counting in the ratios.
There is also a proposal that nurseries where all staff are first aid trained can apply for “Millie’s Mark” in recognition of this. These changes are the result of campaigning by Joanne and Dan Thompson, whose daughter, Millie, tragically died at her Cheshire nursery in October 2012.
We take our care responsibilities very seriously and are proud that all our staff have had training to enable them to do all they can to prevent accidents at nursery, as well as respond appropriately to emergencies.
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