There has been an increasing amount of interest in the press recently about new Government proposals that nursery nurses, who I appreciate have a degree of qualifications and obviously carry out extremely important work, now need to undergo first aid courses.
I appreciate that this is likely to be seen as arduous and some might consider it to be further Government red tape however one has to see the benefit. I have always taken the view that those who work with children and indeed those generally who work with members of the public, as indeed the Police and Fire Service have to, should be required to undergo first aid training.
There will have been countless occasions where the first aid training will have provided useful initial care to ensure that lives are saved and I see this situation regarding nursery nurses and the requirement therefore to carry out paediatric first aid training as being no different.
These proposals therefore ought to be welcomed and I am sure will assist in saving lives and reduce accidents in nurseries.
The proposals have received support from Joanne and Dan Thompson who have been campaigning following the death of their daughter Millie at a nursery in October 2012. Their e-petition received over 103,000 signatures and raised awareness of the lack of first aid training in nurseries.
The Thompsons have also given their backing to a new certification to be known as “Millie’s Mark” which will be displayed by nurseries that achieve gold-standard provision. This will help assure parents that their child is being cared for by safe and knowledgeable staff.
Nurseries have a duty of care to the children they look after. If this duty of care is breached you have a right to compensation. The expert team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers specialise in accidents and injuries in public places, which includes nurseries. You can contact us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we will call you back.
Tristan Hallam is a Principal Lawyer in Personal Injury in the London office of Slater & Gordon.
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