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 2 day 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.
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:
Local authority approval
If we are not yet registered with your local authority as an authorised Paediatric First Aid provider, we can arrange to gain approval quickly and simply.
Accreditation of our Level 3 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 (RQF)
Paediatric First Aid Training programme
The course covers, and candidates should be confident and competent upon completion in:
Recognising and responding to emergency needs of babies and children with chronic medical conditions including:
Our Instructors come from a range of professional and voluntary backgrounds such as:
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.
The Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) qualification is valid for 3 years. After that time you can requalify by completing another Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) course.
The Health and Safety Executive also ‘highly recommends’ that work place first aiders attend an Annual Basic Skills Refresher course. It is not compulsory and will not extend your Certificate, however it does give you confidence that your skills are up to date
Our awarding body for Emergency First Aid at Work qualifications is either through Pro Trainings or ITC.
ITC First is authorised and regulated by Ofqual and the SQA. Qualification titles are: ITC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF).
Pro Trainings The course will lead to a Paediatric 12 Hour Infant / Child First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)
In-house course for 12 candidates