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Jubilee Nursery receives the Millie's Mark Award
  • Jubilee Nursery
  • Junior School

Jubilee Nursery has become the first nursery in the Lewisham borough to receive the Millie’s Mark Award.

This is a national award given to settings for going above and beyond in meeting requirements in paediatric first aid. Jubilee Nursery, located on Canadian Avenue, Catford, has been awarded this by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) in association with the Department for Education and Millie’s Trust.

The nursery marked the award with a celebratory tea party, which was attended by Councillor Chris Barnham, Cabinet Member for School Performance and Children’s Services, staff from the Lewisham Early Years Team and current parents and children.

Speaking about the award, nursery manager Mrs Alison Pendergast explained: ‘We were inspired to work towards achieving Millie’s Mark when we read the story of Millie Thompson who sadly died in 2012 when she choked in a nursery.

‘Since then her parents have campaigned to get all nursery staff paediatric first aid trained. We are committed to ensuring that our staff are provided with good quality training and that they are equipped to handle first aid emergencies as and when they arise.’

She added: ‘We place a high emphasis on going above and beyond for all children at the Jubilee Nursery to ensure that every single one of them is safe and that their wellbeing is of a high standard. Achieving Millie’s Mark has provided us with a nationally recognised endorsement on our practice.’

The Millie’s Mark Award is named after Mille 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 the Millie’s Mark demonstrates that nurseries have met this.

Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association, said: ‘Achieving Millie’s Mark is a great achievement for the nursery; it shows that all 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 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.’

Nursery manager Alison, added: ‘We strongly recommend other settings send their staff on training to refresh their knowledge and ensure that all staff are adequately trained. It is very difficult to choose a nursery for any parent and for us we wanted to reinforce the fact that we are a safe setting and that our staff are confident and capable to handle first aid situations.’

  • Jubilee Nursery
  • Millie's Mark Award
  • Nursery