Little Harriers in Cranleigh has been awarded a Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark (MARM) - proving that all staff are trained to know signs and symptoms of the disease and what to do if a baby or child falls ill.
It is hoped that many more childcare providers in Surrey and around the country will follow the lead of Little Harriers and sign up to the Meningitis Now scheme.
Lucy Verbrugge, Director of Little Harriers, said, “The reason we decided to complete MARM is because we are aware that the age group we look after is unfortunately at greater risk."
“The health of our children at Little Harriers is paramount and raising awareness about meningitis is the obvious next step.”
The resource aims to raise awareness of meningitis and meningococcal disease (meningitis and septicaemia) among staff, carers and parents, promote vaccine uptake and prepare childcare providers for dealing with a case.
Kelly Archer, our Information and Projects Co-ordinator, said, “Babies and young children are the age group at greatest risk of contracting meningitis."
“With so many being in the care of childcare providers when parents are at work, we have developed this resource for the sector, to help them recognise the disease and, where required, take the appropriate action."
“Awareness can, and does, save lives and improve outcomes.”
The Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark (MARM) features a checklist. On completion each provider is awarded the Mark, which demonstrates that they are providing information and training to staff about the signs and symptoms of meningitis and the action to take if a child is ill.
It also demonstrates they are aware of the importance of vaccination for the prevention of meningitis and having a plan in place to deal with a case or outbreak of meningitis.
Visit Meningitis Awareness for Childcare Providers to find out more, access the toolkit and start working towards becoming a ‘meningitis aware’ childcare setting.