Mil­lie’s Law gets the OK

Stockport Times West - - NEWS - TODD FITZGER­ALD todd.fitzger­ald@men­media.co.uk @tfitzger­aldMEN

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

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