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Paediatric First Aid (First Aid for Early Years)

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Under the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework, the Department for Education require 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. There must be at least one person on outings who has a current paediatric first aid certificate."
This course meets the requirements as a 'paediatric first aid certificate' recognised by the Department for Education, Oftsed, CACHE and the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA).

The course is also required by ...
... childminders to enable them to register with Ofsted and the NCMA.
... nannies registering under the Approved Carers Scheme.
The course covers the essential skills required to respond efficiently to an ill or injured child or infant prior to the arrival of the emergency services.


The course is suitable for anyone working within the early years sector including within school reception classes, pre-schools, playgroups, day nurseries, breakfast & after-school clubs, play schemes etc.


The course covers the following, as per national guidelines ...
Understand the role of a Paediatric First Aider.

Be able to assess an emergency situation and act safely and effectively.

Be able to provide first aid for an infant and a child who ...
- is unresponsive and breathing normally.
- is unresponsive and not breathing normally.
- has a foreign body airway obstruction.
- is wounded and bleeding.
- is suffering from shock (including anaphylactic shock)
- has a suspected fracture and a dislocation.
- has a head, a neck and back injury.
- has conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose.
- has a chronic medical condition or sudden illness.
- is experiencing the effects of extreme heat or cold.
- has sustained an electric shock
- has suffered burns or scalds.
- has been poisoned
- has been bitten or stung


The Course is delivered over a period of 12 hours (as required by OFSTED), normally 2 full days or 4 evenings/half-days … but read on …

The Course can be delivered during the day, in the evening or at the weekend.

The way in which the course is delivered and the materials used vary dependant on the nature of the group and their existing knowledge of the first aid for children and infants.

The Course can be tailored to reflect your particular company or organisation if delivered as a ‘closed’ course – that is solely to you or your employees and volunteers.

Individuals are welcome to join an ‘open’ course where participants will be drawn from a wide variety of different early years settings.


The qualification is assessed through practical and oral questioning during the whole of the course and a 10 question multiple choice examination at the end of the course. Participants must correctly answer 8 of the 10 questions to successfully complete that element of the assessment.


All successful candidates will be issued with a Paediatric First Aid Certificate which is recognised by Ofsted etc. and is valid for a period of 3 years.

Towards the end of the 3 year period all candidates will need to complete the course again in order to maintain their qualification.

In line with current guidance it is strongly recommended that the course is refreshed on an annual basis with a 3 hour CPR Refresher course which you can complete for FREE if you completed your original first aid qualification with us.

Entry Requirements

Participants wishing to complete this qualification must be aged 16 years or above.

It is recommended that participants have a minimum of Level 1 or equivalent in literacy or numeracy.


To further enhance their ability to provide first aid in an emergency situation, and in larger settings employing a number of staff, successful participants may consider completing an HSE First Aid at Work course with us.


We do everything we can to ensure that our courses are accessible to all. Further details are given on our Accessibility page

Please Contact Us prior to the start of your course if you feel there is anything that we should be aware of that will assist you in your successful completion of the course.

Useful Links

National Childminding Association (NCMA)
Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA)