Millie’s Mark success for Polam Nursery

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Headteacher Darren O’Neil and Nursery Manager Laura Bennett celebrating with their Millie’s Mark certificate

The Nursery team at Polam are celebrating being awarded ‘Millie’s Mark’, a Quality Mark for nurseries awarded by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) in association with Department for Education and Millie’s Trust.

Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson who died after choking on food at a nursery in 2012 when she was just nine months old.

Millie’s parents, Dan and Joanne Thompson founded Millie’s Trust and have successfully campaigned for changes to first aid requirements for childcare providers.

Over the past 18-24 months the team at Polam have been working hard to achieve this accreditation, which acts as an indicator that the nursery goes above and beyond the minimum requirements to keep children safe and minimise risks and accidents.

Currently, Polam Nursery is the only childcare provider in Bedford with this endorsement.

“We are delighted that our efforts have been rewarded and that we have achieved this very special award,” said nursery manager Laura Bennett.

“The nursery has been judged outstanding in all areas of its registered nursery provision for three inspections in a row, but you can never become complacent.

“Millie’s Mark is a very special achievement that measures our long term commitment to safety and has been a real team effort. We would love to have been able to celebrate the award properly with our nursery families but COVID restrictions wouldn’t allow that.

“Thankfully though our celebratory balloon arch was a great alternative and the children loved it!”

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