4th October 2022

Our Nursery Achieves the Prestigious Millie’s Mark Award

Prestigious Millie's Mark Award

We are delighted to have received national recognition for going above and beyond the minimum requirements in paediatric first aid. With its robust processes and documentation, the nursery staff strive to keep children safe by minimising risks and accidents and giving parents that greater reassurance.

Sancton Wood Nursery has been awarded Millie’s Mark by National Day Nurseries Association in collaboration with Department for Education and Millie’s Trust. Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who tragically died as a result of choking in a nursery in 2012. Her parents Dan and Joanne Thompson have campaigned for all staff to have paediatric first aid training and having Millie’s Mark demonstrates that nurseries have met this. In addition it shows they work hard to keep these crucial skills in the forefront of employees’ minds, so they are competent and can apply paediatric first aid in any situation.

Our Head of Nursery and Pre-Prep, Nicola Henson said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Millie’s Mark. This is a special achievement and shows how serious we are about ensuring children are safe when they are in our care.”

Our Principal, Richard Settle said, “I am rightly very proud of our setting and was delighted to hear that they had been awarded the prestigious Millie’s Mark award for their exceptional childcare.  The award is given as we have evidenced our commitment to going above and beyond the minimum requirements for keeping children safe and therefore providing a solid start for their educational journey. I hope it gives parents that greater reassurance of our care. ”

Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) adds: “Achieving Millie’s Mark is a great achievement for the nursery, it shows that all staff are fully trained in paediatric first aid and that they have reflected on their current practice to improve competence and confidence. Becoming a Millie’s Mark’s nursery is a clear indicator for parents that this nursery has met the highest standards and gives them the reassurance that their children are safe’.

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