A HELENSBURGH nursery has been recognised for going above and beyond in its practices relating to paediatric first aid.

Drumfork Nursery is the first in the area to be awarded Millie’s Mark accreditation.

This award is given by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) in collaboration with Millie’s Trust and the Department for Education.

It recognises nurseries which surpass the minimum first aid requirements, implementing robust processes to minimise risks to children.

Staff at the nursery have taken part in training specific to children

Staff at the nursery have taken part in training specific to children

The accreditation is named after Millie Thompson, who died in 2012 following a choking incident in a nursery.

Her parents, Dan and Joanne Thompson, have since campaigned for all nursery staff to receive training in paediatric first aid.

David and Roanna Wood, owners of Drumfork Nursery, said: “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 very much looking forward to celebrating our success with our staff, children and families.”

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of NDNA, added: “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’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.”