Paediatric First Aid Level 3
2 days (12 hours)

The Paediatric First Aid course is suitable for professionals such as nursery and pre-school staff who work with children. It meets Ofsted and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework requirements and is awarded as a formal and nationally recognised level 3 Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) qualification. No previous first aid experience is required to attend this course.

Who is the Paediatric First Aid for?

The course is aimed at anybody who comes into contact with children including pre-school staff, nursery staff, play workers, children centre staff, teachers, Learning Support Assistants, holiday camp workers, parent and toddler group volunteers, child minders, nannies, foster carers, au pairs, parent helpers, babysitters, community workers, youth workers, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. If you are likely to take your groups outside on field trips we also offer an enhanced Outdoor Paediatric First Aid course.

This course is available as two classroom days or 6 hours online (you can start and stop as much as you wish) followed by 1 classroom day.

About this qualification

This course is designed for anybody who might have to identify and manage emergency situations, or deal with very minor everyday occurrences, whilst looking after young children and babies. This qualification meets requirements for those working in early years settings. We use the criteria for effective paediatric first aid training found in Appendix 1 of The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Practice Guidance document for course development and structure. This qualification is part of the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) regulated by Ofqual (the official regulator of qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

The current EYFS statutory framework requires at least one person who has a current Paediatric First Aid certificate to be on the premises or outings at all times when children are present. According to EYFS guidance for effective paediatric training:

  • Training is designed for workers caring for children in the absence of their parents
  • The training leading to a certificate or a renewal certificate is a minimum of 12 hours
  • The first aid certificate must be renewed every 3 years
  • Resuscitation and other training equipment includes baby and junior models, as appropriate
  • Training covers the appropriate contents of a first aid box for babies and children
  • Training should include recording accidents and incidents

Accreditation of our Paediatric First Aid qualification

This qualification is built from 2 mandatory units of assessment, taught through a modular and progressive training structure
Unit 1 Paediatric Emergency First Aid
Unit 2 Managing Paediatric Illness and Injury

Passing both units leads to the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (Level 6 in Scotland)

Paediatric First Aid Training programme
The course covers, and candidates should be confident and competent upon completion in:

  • Planning for first aid emergencies involving babies and children
  • Dealing with emergencies involving babies and children
  • Resuscitating babies and children
  • Recognising and dealing with shock in babies and children
  • Recognising and responding appropriately to anaphylactic shock in babies and children
  • Recognising and responding appropriately to electric shock in babies and children
  • Recognising and responding appropriately to bleeding in babies and children
  • Responding appropriately to burns and scalds in babies and children
  • Responding appropriately to choking in babies and children
  • Responding appropriately to suspected fractures in babies and children
  • Responding appropriately to head, neck and back injuries in babies and children
  • Recognising and responding appropriately to cases of poisoning in babies and children
  • Responding appropriately to foreign bodies in eyes, ears and noses of babies and children
  • Responding appropriately to eye injuries in babies and children
  • Responding appropriately to bites and stings in babies and children
  • Responding appropriately to the effects of extreme heat and cold in babies and children
  • Responding appropriately to febrile convulsions in babies and children

Recognising and responding to emergency needs of babies and children with chronic medical conditions including:

  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Sickle cell anaemia
  • Diabetes
  • Meningitis
  • Other serious sudden illness



Our Instructors come from a range of professional and voluntary backgrounds such as:

  • emergency services (ambulance, police and fire service)
  • military (medics)
  • outdoor professionals (Mountain leaders)
  • Community Responders
  • Experienced First Aiders

We aim to match instructors to your specific training requirements. They are aware of the specific needs of various outdoor environments, fully understanding the problems and judgements that have to be made when dealing with incidents in stressful, dangerous and remote situations.


Our training is very practical and hands on. We do not rely upon the usual ‘death by PowerPoint’, instead we use progressive incident scenario based training methods. Our courses teach techniques proven to work in real life incidents and not just in a classroom. Our training builds confidence and develops first aid skills into complete incident management.


There are no formal prerequisites to attend this course. The minimum age to attend is 16 (Qualsafe) or 14 (TQUK) (check with us beforehand if you will be aged 14-15 at the start of the course) and you must be reasonably fit and strong due to the physical nature of the training.

Basic written and verbal English comprehension is required. To pass you must be able to demonstrate practical competence as well as answer the written test questions to an acceptable standard. To benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent.

If you have any disabilities please contact us beforehand to discuss how we might be able to support you.


All candidates must attend the full course to pass. Each candidate is continually assessed throughout and must demonstrate competence in all the assessed skills.

In addition, there is a written test at the end which will either be a multiple choice question (MCQ) paper or a written answer paper.


Our awarding body for Emergency First Aid at Work qualifications is through our Trade Body, ProTrainings.

Pro Trainings The course will lead to a Paediatric 12 Hour Infant / Child First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)


In-house course for 12 candidates
- £1100 + vat

Individual candidate
- £120 + vat


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