Paediatric First Aid training to be made compulsory

First aid training to be made compulsory for new nursery recruits

New nursery and pre-school staff will be required to undertake paediatric first aid for the first time, thanks to new government proposals.
The plans have received the support of parents Joanne and Dan Thompson, who have been campaigning for the change following the tragic death of their daughter, Millie, at nursery in October 2012. Their important campaign culminated in an e-petition signed by over 103,000 people. The new proposals will mean newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification must have an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate – a life-saving change that will add approximately 15,000 additional trained early years professionals to our nurseries and pre-schools each and every year. Mr and Mrs Thompson have also given their backing to the creation of a new special certificate – to be known as ‘Millie’s Mark’ – to be displayed by nurseries who have achieved gold-standard provision. The certificate will help to give parents assurance that their child is being cared for by safe and knowledgeable staff. It is hoped that over time the 2 initiatives announced today will help ensure that as many staff members as possible are trained in these important, life-saving skills. Childcare and Education Minister, Sam 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. Today’s proposals will mean that thousands more staff will be able to respond to emergencies more quickly, making sure parents really can access the very best possible childcare choices for their families.

Not only will this help ensure children are safe while they learn, grow and develop, but it will also raise the quality and skills of the early years workforce to help them deal with day-to-day first aid issues, such as allergies and knowing when to call parents.

Joanne and Dan Thompson said:

We are both extremely pleased that the government have listened to our awareness campaign, and changes are being made that could ultimately save a child’s life. We are proud that these changes are being made in memory of our precious daughter and that her legacy continues to grow – but we are heartbroken that these changes are only coming into place because we lost her.

The estimate of 15,000 new childcare workers entering the workplace with this specific qualification is fantastic news for parents and we fully support ‘Millie’s Mark’, and are looking forward to working with the specific government departments to help turn this into a reality.

The government has also announced today (12 March 2015) 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. Defibrillators are easy-to-use machines that could mean the difference between life and death for a child suffering from cardiac arrest. The machines work by delivering a controlled electric shock to the heart through sticky pads placed on the chest. The shocks interrupt the irregular heart rhythm that characterises a cardiac arrest, causing it to return to normal.

Notes to editors

  1. The announcement on first aid training follows a review by the Department for Education, carried out in response to a petition by Joanne and Dan Thompson, the parents of Millie Thompson, who tragically passed away following a choking incident at her nursery in October 2012.
  2. The training proposals will be subject to a full consultation during the next Parliamentary session. The proposals are expected to come into effect by September 2016. The proposals will cover all early years settings except childminders.
  3. Under current rules, early years providers must have at least one paediatric first aider available on the premises at all times. The new requirement would mean that a nursery recruiting a level 2 or level 3 member of staff who had newly completed their early years/childcare qualification must have an emergency paediatric first aid or a full paediatric first aid certificate, if they are to count towards the staff/qualification ratios under the early years foundation stage. The emergency first aid training course would be the equivalent of 1 day of training and would need to be refreshed every 3 years in order for the staff member to keep counting in the ratios.
  4. To support early years providers to meet their responsibilities, we have funded the National Day Nurseries Association to produce case studies and guidance. The NDNA are today publishing 12 case studies, with more good-practice material for nurseries to follow later this month.
  5. The department will now look into the scope of Millie’s Mark and how it will be awarded. The scheme is expected to be up and running in early 2016.
  6. As they do currently, when Ofsted register and inspect early years providers they will check on the PFA certificates held by staff.
  7. In November 2014, the government announced details of a new deal to allow all UK schools to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at a reduced price. The only early years settings previously able to access these arrangements were maintained and independent nursery schools. Today’s announcement will extend the deal to:
    • pre-school establishments
    • private, voluntary and independent nurseries
    • playgroups
    • holiday and out-of-school providers.
  8. See details of how to purchase an AED under the arrangements.

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Important update on use of asthma inhalers in schools!

Bulletin on use of emergency asthma inhalers in schools!.
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Schools given permission to keep

emergency salbutamol inhalers!

Good news indeed!

From October 1st, primary and secondary schools in England may obtain salbutamol

inhalers for the treatment of acute asthma attacks in children.

The salbutamol pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDIs) can be used in an emergency

provided written parental consent has been given.

Salbutamol inhalers may be bought from pharmaceutical suppliers on the written request

of the head of of the teacher or principal (ideally on headed paper) stating the name of

the school, the purpose for which the product is required and the total quantity.

Schools should also obtain plastic spacers suitable for the age groups of their children.

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To our valued customers old and new we are informing you of a change of Company name for all First Aid courses.

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Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Happy Halloween

Keep Halloween Safe

Halloween is a tradition that has become more and more popular in the UK, one that brings a lot of excitement and sometimes lack of carefulness. Most Halloween accidents happen from falls and pedestrian-versus-car crashes. A little foresight can make this night much safer for everyone.

Motorists need to take special care to be alert on Halloween and to watch for children who may be darting out from between cars and running across streets. Children may be in places you least expect them, such as walking on roads and jumping off curbs, so you need to take care when exiting and entering driveways, roads, and alleys. Keep an eye out for children in dark clothing the entire evening.

Some other Halloween tips include:

  • All children under age 12 need to have an adult or an older, responsible youth supervising them while they go door to door
  • Give children a route to follow and instruct them not to go anywhere else, to only stop at houses or apartment buildings that are well lit, and to never go into a stranger’s home.
  • Have set times for children to be out and to be home.
  • Go over all your trick-or-treat safety rules and precautions, including safety rules for walking on the pavement and curbs and crossing roads.
  • Use fire-retardant materials for costumes and have them loose enough for the children to wear warm clothes underneath
  • To prevent falls, make sure the costumes aren’t too long or that there is anything else that could be a trip hazard.
  • Make costumes with a light-coloured fabric, and reinforce the costumes and the bags children carry with reflective tape to make the children visible.
  • Instead of masks that obscure your child’s vision, use makeup, but make sure the ingredients state they are up to British Safety Standards, that they have “Approved Colour Additives,” and are “Nontoxic,” and follow the package instructions for application.
  • Make sure any masks have nose, mouth and eye holes large enough to really see and breathe through.
  • Don’t ever let children carry sharp objects; make things like knives and swords from cardboard or other flexible materials.
  • Don’t let children carry pumpkins with naked flames, give them torches to carry instead so they can see better, and also so they can be more easily seen by motorists.
  • Instruct children to walk, not run, from house to house; to not run across yards and lawns where they might trip on unseen hazards; to walk on pavements, never in the street; and to walk facing traffic if there are no pavements.

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HSE removes approval for First Aid Courses

First Aid regulatory change takes effect

As of 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended, removing the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications. This means that businesses now have more flexibility in how they manage their provision of first aid in the workplace.

Legislative change will take effect at midnight on 30 September 2013 and HSE approval of first aid training and qualifications will cease.

For training providers currently approved by HSE, regardless of the date of expiry that appears on their approval certificate, their approval to undertake first training will expire and will no longer be valid.

An employer will still need to make an assessment of their first-aid needs to establish what provision for first aid is required. This will depend upon the workplace, taking into account, among other things, the number of employees, size, location and work activity.

Click here to read the HSE news update about the October 1st changes to First Aid regulations :

These changes in no way affect the excellence of the courses we deliver, they will be run to the same exacting high standard as usual but will be Approved and Accredited with our Awarding Organisation, Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance.

Christine Curtis

Company Director

Akesis Medical Services Ltd

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