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Following calls by St John Cymru-Wales, the Welsh Liberal Democrats led a cross party debate in the National Assembly calling on the Welsh Government to improve the provision of paediatric first aid training for nursery staff and to assess options for requiring all nursery staff to complete an officially recognised paediatric first aid course.
In March the UK Government announced that training in paediatric first aid will be a legal requirement for nursery staff in England. This followed the tragic death of nine-month-old Millie Thompson who died after choking on her lunch at her nursery in 2012.
First aid and life-saving skills are invaluable and I applaud the strong campaign led by Millie Thompson’s parents for all nursery staff to be trained in paediatric first aid. At present, regulations for nursery settings in Wales simply require that at least one person caring for children has a suitable first aid qualification, whereas in England training in paediatric first aid will be a legal requirement for all nursery staff.
Nursery staff do an incredible job, but a young child can choke without warning and often without any visible signs. It is essential that staff have the specialist skills and confidence to respond quickly in these situations.