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Early Years First Aid Changes are Here!

Millie's MarkHaving been in discussion for some time now, the new early years Paediatric First Aid changes are now officially in place.  All newly qualified staff need to have at least an Emergency Paediatric First Aid qualification to count in ratios.  If your new staff still need a First Aid Qualification then we have several courses running in the next few weeks! To coincide with this legislation

Millie’s Mark is LIVE

Those aren’t the only First Aid changes though – Millie’s Mark is now live, and you can pay to join here.  It takes a minimum of three months to complete your application though, and it isn’t going to be easy.  We have examined the paperwork and process involved and we can tell you that there is some straight forward, but time-consuming, paperwork to complete, and 6 documents to download before you can start.  However, once accredited it is valid for 3 years from the acceptance of your application (provided you don’t let any qualifications slip away that is!). Assessors can visit at any time during that period. You will need all of your staff to be trained to a minimum of Emergency Paediatric First Aid standard (not just the newly qualified ones), as well as all bank and agency staff and volunteers in your setting.  We have plenty of courses running throughout September so we have you covered if you are amongst those first to sign up and keen to get your accreditation under way.

It is now more important than ever to carry out due diligence when selecting a training provider, and we thought we would make it that little bit easier by putting a document together that answers all the questions that are a pre-requisite for Millie’s Mark applications.  Not only that, but they are worth having a copy of for Ofsted purposes too.  So, not only do we offer a qualification accredited by an Ofqual regulated provider (Qualsafe Awards), but we also provide a complete overview of our credentials for you to support your accreditation. We provide a copy of this to any settings attending one of our courses along with an opportunity for delegates to self-assess their own confidence – another requirement of Millie’s Mark. You can find a copy of the Paediatric First Aid – Due Diligence document here.

first aid changesTo help you remember when your staff’s First Aid Qualifications are up for renewal, as well as demonstrating to parents and to Ofsted how important child safety is to you, we have made a little poster that you can easily edit and put up at your setting. You can download it for free from our downloads section.  You’ll need to be logged in, but it is free to join using the same link or in the right bar here!

We will keep you up to date with any other First Aid changes but look out for more useful resources to support your Millie’s Mark Accreditation and the ongoing CPD that you need to demonstrate during the audit process and throughout the three years.

About the author: Matt Stanford

Matt Stanford
Matt has been working in education for 10 years, teaching science to all ages from preschool to degree. Before he became a teacher he studied chemistry at Masters level and completed his PhD at The University of Warwick. It was during his time at university that he got involved in outreach work in local primary schools and found his passion for inspiring learning.

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