Sam Gyimah today annouced the changes to First Aid that would come into effect as a consequence of the tragic death of Millie Thompson. These changes were thought to include full Paediatric First Aid being compulsory for all staff but the changes didn’t go that far.
You can read the full details here, but the highlight is that newly trained staff will be required to complete emergency Paediatric First Aid as part of their training. They will need this to be able to count towards ratios. These changes are still to be passed through government and are thought likely to come into effect by September 2016.
For existing staff, no changes in first aid requirements were included, so no need to panic. A ‘Millie’s Mark’ is being considered to highlight settings that have a gold standard of provision, so extra training is worth considering. We will be offering both the full and emergency paediatric courses with dates starting in April. You can find details of our courses here.
The government has also announced today that it is extending a special deal enabling schools to buy life-saving defibrillator machines at reduced prices to all Early Years settings, including holiday and out-of-school providers. Having one of these machines is an excellent opportunity to build the status of your nursery within your local community. We will keep you up to date with any further news on how to obtain your discount.
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