Surprisingly, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines currently state that just one person with a current paediatric first aid certificate (12 hours) should be available when children are present or on outings. Like many, we believe that that is simply just not enough.

Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who died after choking on food at a nursery in 2012 when she was just nine months old. The award is a special endorsement to childcare providers that go above and beyond these minimum requirements by having 100% of staff trained in paediatric first aid, and also ensuring that everything learned during the course is kept alive and in the forefront of practitioners’ minds so that they are confident, ready and capable – giving parent fantastic peace of mind when choosing the right childcare setting for their child.

As part of gaining Millie’s Mark all settings must ensure that staff are trained in either the full Two Day / 12 Hour Paediatric First Aid Course or the newer One Day / 6 Hour Emergency Paediatric Course.

Paediatric First Aid Training provided by Skillbase First Aid meets the requirements of OFSTED, EYFS Statutory Framework, the HSE, and the UK Resuscitation Council, 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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