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Kelvedon Hatch nursery receives top childcare safety accolade during Easter fun

PUBLISHED: 12:28 02 May 2019

Staff, children, parents and guests with Millie the giraffe from Millie's Mark which gives which gave the nursery a gold standard in paediatric first aid. Picture: Hopscotch Outdoor Nursery

Staff, children, parents and guests with Millie the giraffe from Millie's Mark which gives which gave the nursery a gold standard in paediatric first aid. Picture: Hopscotch Outdoor Nursery

Hopscotch Outdoor Nursery

Plenty of fun was had during the Easter holidays at a nursery.

Children from Hopscotch Outdoor Nursery, Kelvedon Hatch, in a police car.Children from Hopscotch Outdoor Nursery, Kelvedon Hatch, in a police car.

Children at Hopscotch Outdoor Nursery in Kelvedon Hatch love meeting new people and one of the most exciting visitors to the nursery this year so far was PCSO Kevin Sanderson and his patrol car who came along for the morning just before Easter.

They were allowed to sit in the police car, switched on the blue flashing lights and were moved away before Kevin turned the sirens on.

One of the children said: “I never went in a police car before and it was really really good.

“The best thing was turning on the flashing lights and then the nee naw was really really loud!”

Nursery children with PCSO Kevin Sanderson and first aid instructor Roy Tyzack. Picture: Hopscotch Outdoor NurseryNursery children with PCSO Kevin Sanderson and first aid instructor Roy Tyzack. Picture: Hopscotch Outdoor Nursery

Before the youngsters investigated the car, Kevin talked to them about safety and what to do if you ever get lost.

They told each other stories of when they had got lost and nursery staff discussed how, if they do get lost, they must stay where they are so that their parents can come back to the same place to find them.

On the same day, Hopscoth had a visit from Roy Tyzack, a fully qualified first aid instructor who ran an Emergency First Aid course for the nursery parents.

They learned about basic life-saving skills, how to put someone in the recovery position and perform CPR amongst many other things.

One of the parents on the course said: “It is so useful to have these basic skills which I have never known about before.

“Thanks to what Roy has gone through with us today, I am now far more confident about what to do in the case of an emergency.

“Even putting someone in a safe recovery position is such a basic skill which I never knew before.”

Millie the giraffe, who represents Millie's Mark, an accolade that is awarded as a gold standard in paediatric first aid for childcare providers, also visited the nursery to present staff with the Millie's Mark plaque.

Hopscotch is the only nursery in Brentwood and the surrounding areas who have achieved this prestigious accolade.

The government requirements for nurseries are that only one member of staff has to be on site who is first aid trained.

At Hopscotch, every member of the 12 strong team is fully paediatric first aid trained and after rigorous assessment they have been awarded the Millie's Mark.

The nursery holds regular open events for parents and their children.

There will be a visit from a fire engine during the May Bank Holiday week half term and another first aid course nearer the summer.

For more information about nursery events, visit hopscotchdn.co.uk or the Facebook page and also register to be sent the regular events newsletter from the nursery.

As well as providing full daycare for children under five, the nursery also runs a very popular before and after school club for children attending Kelvedon Hatch Primary School.

During the school holidays there is also a holiday club for children aged between five and 11.

Anyone who would like to book their children into the nursery for a two hour free trial is requested to contact the nursery on 01277 372826 and speak to one of the managers.

For any further information about Hopscotch Day Nursery, call Karen on 01277 372826.

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