New government proposals announced this year mean that training in paediatric first aid will be compulsory for all nursery staff in England. Under the new proposals, training will be a legal requirement for all nursery staff.
The response comes after an e-petition (signed by over 103,000 people) was presented in parliament by Joanne and Dan Thompson, who have been campaigning for the change following the tragic death of their daughter, Millie, at a nursery in October 2012.
The death of Millie Thompson in 2013 at a Manchester nursery forced a Westminster debate on making first aid training compulsory for all child care and nursery staff.
Childcare and Education Minister, Sam Gyimah commented:
“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.
The government has also announced that it is extending a special deal enabling schools to buy life-saving defibrillator machines at reduced prices to all early years settings, including holiday and out-of-school providers.
Defibrillators are easy-to-use machines that could mean the difference between life and death for a child suffering from cardiac arrest.
The machines work by delivering a controlled electric shock to the heart through sticky pads placed on the chest.
The shocks interrupt the irregular heart rhythm that characterises a cardiac arrest, causing it to return to normal.
Liverpool Training Solutions are now offering paediatric first aid ‘open courses’ to nurseries and care centres across the City. Courses are being held at the Aigburth Cricket Club in Liverpool throughout the year. This course satisfies the Ofsted requirements for childcare settings, the Childcare Register and the Early Years Register.
For course enquiries please call 0151 515 0416 or visit our Paediatric First Aid page for full details.