12 Hour Paediatric First Aid update

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12 Hour Paediatric First Aid (UK)

It has recently been brought to our attention that some providers have received misleading information to say they are no longer required to complete the twelve hour paediatric first aid course and instead can access a six hour Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course.

It is a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) that at least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. First aid training must currently be local authority approved and be relevant for workers caring for young children. 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.

Ofsted have advised that providers should follow the guidelines outlined in Appendix 1 of the 2008 EYFS Practice Guidance in order to ensure good practice. This states:

Criteria for effective paediatric first aid training

In order to meet the requirements of the EYFS, paediatric first aid courses must be approved by the local authority in whose area the early years provision is located, and must meet the following criteria:

1 Training is designed for workers caring for children in the absence of their parents.

2 The training leading to a certificate or a renewal certificate is a minimum of 12 hours.

3 The first aid certificate should be renewed every three years.

4 Resuscitation and other equipment includes baby and junior models, as appropriate.

5 Training covers appropriate contents of a first aid box for babies and children.

6 Training should include recording accidents and incidents.

7 Training should be appropriate to the age of the children being cared for.

8 The course covers the following areas:

8.1 Planning for first aid emergencies.

8.2 Dealing with emergencies.

8.3 Resuscitation procedures appropriate to the age of children being cared for.

8.4 Recognising and dealing with shock.

8.5 Recognising and responding appropriately to anaphylactic shock.

8.6 Recognising and responding appropriately to electric shock.

8.7 Recognising and responding appropriately to bleeding.

8.8 Responding appropriately to burns and scalds.

8.9 Responding appropriately to choking.

8.10 Responding appropriately to suspected fractures.

8.11 Responding appropriately to head, neck and back injuries.

8.12 Recognising and responding appropriately to cases of poisoning.

8.13 Responding appropriately to foreign bodies in eyes, ears and noses.

8.14 Responding appropriately to eye injuries.

8.15 Responding appropriately to bites and stings.

8.16 Responding appropriately to the effects of extreme heat and cold.

8.17 Responding appropriately to febrile convulsions.

8.18 Recognising and responding appropriately to the emergency needs of children with chronic medical conditions, including epilepsy, asthma, sickle cell anaemia, diabetes.

8.19 Recognising and responding appropriately to meningitis and other serious sudden illnesses.

Practitioners have a duty for the safeguarding and welfare of the children in their care and it is vital that they are able to competently deal with any first aid requirements which may occur to ensure the safety of children. You should be reminded that it is the responsibility of the practitioners attending these courses to ensure they meet their needs both in terms of what the courses cover and the time taken to complete the course, and therefore we would recommend that you take note of the points covered in Appendix 1 above.

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