Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson.
The Millie’s Mark award certifies that in a nursery, all practitioners are fully trained in Paediatric First Aid. 

Millie’s Trust was set up by Joanne and Dan Thompson in 2012 after their nine-month-old daughter Millie tragically died from choking on food while at nursery. The organisation now campaigns to increase legal first aid requirements amongst childcare providers.

The award is a special endorsement to childcare providers that go above and beyond these minimum requirements by having all staff trained in paediatric first aid. This will also ensure that everything they learn during the course is kept alive and in the front of their minds ensuring they are confident, ready and capable.

The award in her honour gives parents peace of mind when choosing the right childcare setting for their child.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines state that one person with a current paediatric first aid certificate (12 hours) should be available when children are present. Worryingly, the same applies to outings.

Like so many others, we believe that that is simply just not enough.

How can only one person with the relevant first aid training be accountable for all children? This is where Millie’s Mark comes in.

As part of gaining Millie’s Mark, all settings must ensure that staff are trained in either:

Did You Know?

Paediatric First Aid Training provided by Skillbase First Aid meets the requirements of:

  1. OFSTED,
  2. EYFS Statutory Framework,
  3. the HSE,
  4. and the UK Resuscitation Council,
  5. and has been written with Millie’s Mark in mind.

Millie’s Mark does not have a preferred supplier for paediatric first aid.

Nurseries are free to choose a provider of their choice.

For more information about Millie’s Mark – visit


Richard Craddock

Richard is the Managing Director at SkillBase First Aid


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