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Holiday childcare scheme celebrates national award recognising its commitment to safety

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Image: Children at the holiday childcare scheme hold up their drawings of Millie the giraffe to celebrate being awarded Millie's Mark.

 

The Tower Hamlets’ Holiday Childcare Scheme has been awarded Millie’s Mark - a national recognition that demonstrates commitment ‘above and beyond’ the minimum requirement for children’s first aid - making it the first holiday childcare scheme in the country to have been recognised in this way.

Cllr Asma Begum, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Children, Youth Services and Education in Tower Hamlets, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded a Millie’s Mark. This achievement sends a strong signal to our parents that we are serious about their children’s safety when they are in our care.”

Millie’s Mark is awarded by the National Day Nursery Association in collaboration with the Department for Education and Millie’s Trust. It takes its name from Millie Thompson, who tragically choked to death at her nursery in 2012.

Millie’s parents have since campaigned for all staff who work in early years settings to have paediatric first aid training, over and above the statutory requirement for just one member of staff to be trained.

Dan and Joanne Thompson, Millie’s parents, said: “As Millie’s parents, we’re delighted to see the first holiday club in the UK with an early years’ get a Millie’s Mark. We’re happy to see it moving into new areas of childcare and would encourage all childcare venues to follow their example and aim for the award.”

Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of the National Day Nursery Association, said: “Achieving Millie’s Mark is a great achievement, it shows that all staff are fully trained in paediatric first aid and that they have reflected on their current practice to improve both competence and confidence. Becoming a Millie’s Mark’s nursery is a clear indicator for parents that this nursery has met the highest standards and gives them the reassurance that their children are safe.”

Millie’s Mark recognises that every member of staff has been trained in paediatric first aid. It also displays a determination to keep vital life-saving skills at the forefront of employee’s minds so that they can respond in the best way possible to emergencies at work.

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Notes to editors:

For more information about this release contact the Tower Hamlets’ communications team at communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk or by calling 020 7364 4389.

About the Tower Hamlets’ Holiday Childcare Scheme

The Tower Hamlets Holiday Childcare Scheme is Ofsted registered and provides childcare for children aged three to 13-years-old during the school holidays.

Visit: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/hcs

About Millie’s Mark

Millie’s Mark is an exceptional achievement for a childcare setting, as it shows they are going above and beyond minimum requirements in keeping children safe. The achievement of the mark acknowledges that staff would be confident in maybe one day saving a child’s life if they needed to.

About the National Day Nurseries Association

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is a national charity representing children’s day nurseries across the UK, giving them information, training and support, so they can provide the best possible care to young children. NDNA is the voice of the sector, an integral part of the lives of nearly one million children and their families.

Visit: www.ndna.org.uk

Posted on Wednesday 17th February 2021