Downsend School Ashtead Pre-Prep: announced today that it has received national recognition for going above and beyond the minimum requirements in paediatric first aid. The school is the first in the area to receive this prestigious award and we are all delighted. With its robust processes and documentation, the Pre-Prep staff at Ashtead strive to keep children safe by minimising risks and accidents and giving parents that greater reassurance.
Ashtead Pre-Prep has been awarded Millie’s Mark by National Day Nurseries Association, in collaboration with The Department for Education and Millie’s Trust. Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who tragically died as a result of choking in a nursery in 2012. Her parents, Dan and Joanne Thompson, have campaigned for all staff to have paediatric first aid training and having Millie’s Mark demonstrates that nurseries have achieved this standard. In addition, it shows they work hard to keep these crucial skills in the forefront of their care so they are competent and can apply paediatric first aid in any situation.
Tessa Roberts, Headteacher comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Millie’s Mark. This is a special achievement and shows how serious we are about ensuring children are safe when they are in our care. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us during this process and we are all very much looking forward to celebrating our success.”
Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) adds: “Achieving Millie’s Mark is a great achievement for Ashtead Pre-Prep. It shows that all members of staff are fully trained in paediatric first aid and that they have reflected on their current practice to improve competence and confidence. Becoming a Millie’s Mark’s school is a clear indicator for parents that this Pre-Prep has met the highest standards and gives them the reassurance that their children are safe’.