Paediatric First Aid Courses

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Paediatric First Aid Courses – Child and infant first aid

Paediatric First Aid courses are important for anyone dealing or caring with infants and children on a regular basis. The first aid needs of youngsters and infants can be significantly different form that of adults.

Some of the groups that should consider Paediatric First Aid courses are:

  • Parents
  • Nursery workers
  • Childminders
  • Teachers
  • Clubs dealing with youth members

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework is mandatory for all early years providers (from 1 September 2014): maintained schools; non-maintained schools; independent schools; all providers on the Early Years Register; and all providers registered with an early years childminder agency.

At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. Childminders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a current paediatric first aid certificate. Department for Education, Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage, March 2017 Section 3.25

The framework also states that qualifications must be renewed every 3 years.

Paediatric Emergency First Aid

Paediatric Emergency First Aid  has been designed for those who have an interest in child and infant basic life support.

This course fulfils partly the requirements of OFSTED and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – see above.


Award in Paediatric First Aid

The Award in Paediatric First Aid has been developed for those who are working with children and infants.

It is ideal for individuals who are responsible for children and infants, who wish to gain a nationally regulated RQF Level 3 Award (England, Northern Ireland & Wales) SCQF Level 6 Award (Scotland)

This two-day course satisfies the guidelines and criteria as laid down by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and OFSTED – see above.

In order to obtain this qualification, you must attend both days and complete the two units of accreditation.