Alliance welcomes new paediatric training requirements for early years providers

12th March 2015

Commenting on the announcement that new early years practitioners will be required to undertake paediatric first aid training under new government rules, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said:

“We warmly welcome the decision to require all new early years practitioners to undertake paediatric first aid training.

“The safety and welfare of the children in our care is the first and foremost priority of all childcare providers, and Joanne and Dan Thompson are to be congratulated for the role that Millie’s Trust has played in bringing about such a positive, significant change.

“The next step is to ensure that early years providers are fully supported in meeting these new requirements. Over recent years, there has been a sharp decline in the availability of local authority support and this, along with historic funding shortfalls, is likely to pose a challenge for providers seeking to ensure that they adhere to these new requirements. As such, we look forward to hearing more from government on how it will be working with the sector to ensure the successful implementation of these proposals.”

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Notes for editors

  1. The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England.
  2. Through direct provision and its membership of 14,000 nurseries, sessional pre-schools and parent and toddler groups, the Alliance supports over 800,000 children and their families in England. The Alliance also develops and runs family learning programmes, offers information and advice, runs acclaimed training and accreditation programmes and campaigns to influence early years policy and practice.
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