QA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid
What’s It About?
This two day paediatric first aid course has been specifically designed to meet the criteria set by the Department for Education’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework. Your employees will develop the skills and knowledge needed to deal with a range of paediatric first aid situations. This includes: assessing an emergency situation, dealing with an unresponsive infant or child, CPR, choking, meningitis, head and spinal injuries, anaphylaxis, asthma and more.
Who Should Attend?
This course is right for you if you are a childminder, nanny or au pair. It is also perfect if you work in an environment with children such as schools, nurseries or playgroups. If you are likely to face the range of paediatric first aid emergencies, this course would be perfect.
It is also ideal for anyone who has a non-professional involvement with infants and children. This would include parents, grandparents and want to learn key paediatric first aid skills.
Why Is It Important?
If you work with children, even if on an occasional basis, then first aid training is absolutely essential. You need to know exactly what to do in an emergency, whether you’re alone or with other members of staff.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework requires all early years providers in England to have at least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate. Employers should also take into account the number of children, staff and layout of the premises. Theu must ensure that they have adequate cover at all times to be able to react to emergency situations quickly.
Having designated qualified first aiders in the workplace is also a legal requirement. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 state that employers should provide adequate and appropriate equipment and enough trained first aiders to help injured or ill staff.
Although accidents can be prevented, they can still occur so it’s important to be prepared. Having adequately trained first aid personnel onsite will ensure that if an emergency situation does arise, it will be dealt with in a prompt and effective manner.
A paediatric first aid at work qualification is only valid for three years. Before it expires you have a legal obligation to ensure that your employees renew this qualification. If you don’t, then you are putting everyone involved in your business at risk; your employees, your children and your visitors.
On average, it takes 8 minutes for an ambulance to arrive; the actions that are taken during those eight minutes are critical.
How would you and your staff feel if you just had to stand back and watch, helpless because you didn’t have the first aid knowledge and skills to make a difference?
And how would you feel if you had to tell a child’s parents that their child died because no one in your business knew what to do?
What Will You Gain?
By attending the course, your employees will meet the standard required by OFSTED and EYFS and be qualified to respond to a situation whereby an infant or child is ill or injured.
On returning to the workplace, they will have confidence to react quickly in response to any type of incident especially those involving children.
They will have the knowledge of the different types of injuries and illnesses that may occur when looking after children and will know what to do and how to treat them.