As an Outstanding Early Years provider, we open our doors 5 days a week to take care of up to 65 little miracles, bundles of joy, balls of energy, most precious children to the parents entrusting them to us as they go about their own daily routines.
Whilst our 4 settings are different in size and layout, wherever possible we aim to have as much free flow for the children and spend lots of time outdoors, and whilst we all have the relevant policies, procedures and risk assessments in place accidents do happen! So, ever since the first Nest Nursery opened in 2009 every single member of staff has been trained in Paediatric First Aid, undertaking refresher courses every 12 months as well as the full course every 3 years, this goes beyond the current statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Guidelines which state “At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings.” (DfE 2017, page 22). https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2017/03/EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2017.pdf
Of course, first aid doesn’t only apply to accidents, children enter nursery with or can develop medical conditions or become ill during the course of the day, having all staff fully first aid trained means any member of the team can confidently monitor a child whilst waiting for a parent to collect if needed, or as happens on occasion, waiting for paramedics to arrive. (Additional staff training is also undertaken for certain medical conditions and medications).
We are proud to say that two of our settings have recently been awarded Millie’s Mark and the other settings are currently undertaking the accreditation process.
For us we hope that this will be an additional reassurance to everyone who leaves their children in our care that we consider your children’s health and safety first and foremost every day. Settings endorsed by Millie’s Mark are audited to ensure that all staff are keeping their first aid knowledge up to date and confident to deal with an emergency. It’s reassuring for staff as well to know that they are supported by colleagues with the same level of knowledge and understanding to assist each other should the need arise.
To find out more about Millie’s Mark follow the link here….