Training in paediatric first aid is soon to be a legal requirement for new nursery and pre-school staff in England thanks to new government proposals. 

Sadly, the changes to first aid training are a result of the death of nine month old Millie Thompson who fatally choked on her lunch whilst at nursery in 2012. A review conducted by the Department of Education was launched after an e-petition calling for a change in the law that was set up by Millie’s mother, received more than 103,000 signatures. 

The new proposals will mean all new entrants to early years work, with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification, must have an emergency pediatric first aid or a full pediatric first aid certificate if they are to count towards the staff-qualification ratios in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). This change will add approximately 15,000 newly trained early year’s professionals to our nurseries every annual year. 

The changes will extend to pre-school establishments, private, voluntary and independent nurseries, playgroups, and out-of-school providers and will also mean there are generally more qualified first aiders in the public. 

Childcare and Education Minister, Sam Gyimah 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."

The consultation closes on 10 December 2015 with proposals expected to come into effect by September 2016.