Explorosity Education is an early-years setting which promotes the popular concepts of “hygge” and “zen” for the children in their care. The beautiful rooms have already captured the eye of the national press and featured in a Daily Mirror article recently – with the paper revealing that babies are signed up before they are even born.
The Meningitis Awareness Recognition Mark aims to raise awareness of meningitis among staff, carers and parents, promote vaccine uptake, and prepare childcare providers for dealing with a case. Hundreds of nurseries, childminders and other providers across the country have already signed up – with more joining us every week. Eleanor Hutton, of Explorosity Education, said that she was inspired by her own personal experiences.
“I had meningitis as a baby, my mum had meningitis - her and four of her friends got it at once and all but mum passed away,” she said. “As well as this, a family friend lost his arms and legs to meningitis as a baby - but he is now competing to be in the Olympics for swimming at age 15!”
While researching ways to skill up her team in relation to meningitis, she came across the Meningitis Now website and thought MARM would be perfect for them.
“Schemes like this also give practitioners a sense of pride to be accredited and so want to know and research more, which ultimately can save a child's life,” said Eleanor.
“I think it is so important for all of my team (and anyone working in early years or in contact with children) to know ALL the signs and symptoms because in all of our cases the rash was the last thing to come out if at all! I also think some people believe they are at a lesser risk because themselves or their children have been vaccinated. However, this program also highlights that there aren’t vaccinations for all types of meningitis.”
Eleanor said that her team had also responded well with how to help families that had suffered from meningitis. She also explained how they carried out the requirements of MARM to inform carers and parents: “Even some doctors’ surgeries don’t have meningitis posters displayed so parents of our youngest and most vulnerable children need this life saving information from somewhere,” she said.
“We hand the cards out now to all of our families
in their welcome packs and we have the signs and posters up within the
provision, we have the link to the MARM website on our Facebook and website and we talk about our accreditation on our
visits when parents come to have a look around.
“We have also shared signs and symptoms with some of our children that have shown interest in them where they are displayed in the corridor, they are also in the role play areas within the provision - my own two-year-old practices what she would do when her dollies get these symptoms! If anyone can inspire us to need to know more about diseases and illness like this then it is our children."
“I have links with some settings in Scunthorpe who I know are also joining the MARM. I am proud to be recognised and so are my team. I will urge all early years settings to engage in this program, you are inspiring practitioners to save lives and you are providing settings with a recognition to be proud to maintain.”