Parents win first aid fight
EVERY member of nursery staff across the country will be trained in life-saving paediatric first aid within just three years, thanks to the inspirational parents of tragic Millie Thompson.
New nursery and preschool staff will be legally required to undertake a paediatric first aid qualification from September 2016.
Under current rules, early years providers must have at least one paediatric firstaider available at all times.
The couple say the change, due to be brought in to effect in September 2016, will be the first step towards ‘Millie’s Law’, where all nursery staff are trained in paediatric first aid.
Ministers say the change will eventually lead to all staff being trained.
They now estimate that could happen within just two to three years. Child care minister Sam Gyimah set out the plan in the wake of the death of Millie Thompson in October 2012.
The nine-month-old died in a choking incident at Ramillies Hall School nursery in Cheadle Hulme. Her parents Joanne and Dan, who announced the birth of son Leo last month, set up Millie’s Trust to raise awareness of paediatric first aid training. The couple’s e-petition received more than 102,000 signatures.
Joanne, 29, from Bramhall, said: “Having every member of nursery staff trained within two or three years is a lot sooner than we thought.
“We were working along the estimate of around five years. If this happens in two or three, we’ll be delighted. Since the new minister came in, he’s really taken this to heart.
“He’s just had a baby, so I think he really understands how important this is. This proves how vital this change is.”
The change will mean around 15,000 additional trained staff enter nurseries and pre-schools every year. And those with 100-per cent trained first aid staff will be able to display a new kitemark scheme – dubbed ‘Millie’s Mark’.
Mr Gyimah said: “As a parent myself, I know that every single mum and dad wants the confidence that those tasked with caring for their child have the right training should the absolute worst happen.”
Cheadle MP Mark Hunter, who urged Prime Minister David Cameron to take action last month, said: “This important change in the law will bring peace of mind to many parents across the country, safe in the knowledge that their loved ones are in the care of appropriately trained nursery staff.
“I pay tribute to Millie’s parents, Joanne and Dan Thompson, and all involved in this important campaign.”
Parents of tragic Millie Thompson, Joanne and Dan, with new baby Leo at the Millie’s Trust offices