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Paediatric first aid training will be compulsory for nursery staff

Ministers have announced plans for all nursery staff to be trained in vital life-saving first aid skills within three years.


The new Government proposals follow the death of nine-month old Millie Thompson in October 2012.

The baby fatally chocked on some mash potato at Ramillies Hall School and Nursery in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, and surrounding staff were unable to save her.

Childcare minister, Sam Gyimah, will set out the plans in the wake of the death.

It will see all new staff having level two and three first aid training if they want to work in nurseries.

He said: “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.”

It is estimated that the change will mean that around 15,000 additional trained early years professionals will be provided to our nurseries and pre-schools each and every year.

The review into first aid training at nurseries was conducted after an e-petition was set up by Millie’s mother Joanne Thompson.

It gathered more than 102,000 signatures.

Under the proposals, training would be made a legal requirement for all nursery staff.

Mrs Thompson and her husband Dan said: “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.”

Earlier this year, research revealed that 79 per cent of parents do NOT know the correct technique when it comes to helping a choking baby.

The survey by St John Ambulance also found that 58 per cent of parents said that choking is a major fear for them.

It launched an animated 40-second advert ‘The Chokeables’ on TV in January, showing advice about what to do if a baby is choking.

The research also revealed that 53 per cent of parents believe that knowing first aid would help them feel better prepared and less scared.

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