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Paediatric First Aid

This course is ideal for those who work or intend to work in a childcare setting as it is been specifically designed to fulfil Ofsted’s first aid requirements for early years teachers, nursery workers and childminders.

Course information

This qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to deal with a range of paediatric first aid situations, illnesses, injuries and emergencies which can arise when looking after children.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework states that 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.

All newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce who have completed a level 2 and/or level 3 qualification on or after 30 June 2016, must also have either this full Paediatric First Aid or an Emergency Paediatric First Aid Certificate within three months of starting work in order to be included in the required staff: child ratios at level 2 or level 3 in an early years setting. Providers should display (or make available to parents) staff PFA certificates or a list of staff who have a current PFA certificate.

Unit 1: Paediatric Emergency First Aid (day 1)

  • Be able to assess an emergency situation and prioritise what action to take

Help a baby or child who is:

  • unresponsive and breathing normally including recovery position
  • unresponsive and not breathing normally including CPR and use of AED
  • having a seizure
  • choking
  • bleeding
  • suffering from shock caused by severe blood loss (hypovolemic shock)

Unit 2: Managing paediatric illness and injury (day 2)

Help a baby or child:

  • who is suffering from anaphylactic shock
  • who has had an electric shock
  • who has burns or scalds
  • who has a suspected fracture
  • with head, neck or back injuries
  • who is suspected of being poisoned
  • with a foreign body in eyes, ears or nose
  • with an eye injury
  • with a bite or sting
  • who is suffering from the effects of extreme heat or cold
  • having: a diabetic emergency; an asthma attack; an allergic reaction; meningitis; and/or febrile convulsions
  • understand the role and responsibilities of the Paediatric First Aider (including appropriate contents of a first aid box and the need for recording accidents and incidents)

Cost (per person)


Examination/assessment and award

The course consists of two units, delivered over two days. Candidates are continually assessed by the trainer during the course. All successful candidates will be awarded a Paediatric First Aid Certificate, valid for three years and a wallet sized plastic card detailing their qualifications.

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