Two of the four nursery schools run by Once Upon a Time in Sprowston have received national recognition for going above and beyond the minimum requirements in paediatric first aid.
The nursery schools – on Wroxham Road and White House Farm – have both been awarded Millie’s Mark by the National Day Nurseries Association. This is run in collaboration with the Department for Education and Millie’s Trust.
Becky Potter, nursery manager at the Wroxham Road nursery, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Millie’s Mark at two of our nursery schools. It is an exceptional achievement for a childcare setting.
“Only a few nurseries in Norwich have been accredited with this award. It means our staff are committed to maintaining high first-aid standards and reassures parents that their children are safe while in our care.”
Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who died after choking in a nursery in 2012.
Her parents, Dan and Joanne, have campaigned for many years for all nursery school staff to have paediatric first-aid training.
Millie’s Mark goes one step further, as it demonstrates that nurseries have not only met this as a minimum requirement, they also work hard to keep these crucial skills in the forefront of employees’ minds. This means they remain competent and can apply paediatric first aid in any situation.
Becky added: “Our other two settings are also on track to accomplish the same award later this year.”