What is Paediatric First Aid?
Paediatric first aid is emergency aid or treatment given to a child or infant who has been injured or suddenly taken ill, before the arrival of formal medical services. The causes of respiratory cardiac arrest in children and infants, for example, differ from those in adults, as does the sequence of actions involved in paediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Paediatric first aid training therefore focuses specifically on the child and infant age groups, such that childcare workers can confidently manage paediatric emergencies, illness and injuries, and give prompt and appropriate first aid. Paediatric first aid training is useful and, in some cases, essential for registered childminders, nannies, preschool teachers, teaching assistants and anyone else who lives, or works, with children or infants.
How Long Does a Paediatric First Aid Certificate Last?
Typically, successful completion of a paediatric first aid training course leads to a certificate that is valid for three years. However, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends “refresher” training, annually, so that childcare workers keep abreast of any changes to first aid best practices, as well as maintaining their basic skill levels. The frequency with which refresher training is required may also vary according to the role of the childcare worker, their employer and the industry in which they are employed. By law, at least one person with a valid, full paediatric first aid certificate must be available at all times in any professional childcare establishment, including cover for sickness and annual leave. If and when a paediatric first aid certificate expires, the holder is no longer considered competent to give first aid in the establishment.
What to Expect on a Paediatric First Aid Course
Our Paediatric First Aid Level 3 (Theory) Course will teach you how to deal with a variety of first aid, medical emergency and illness situations. First aid scenarios include managing a child or infant who is unresponsive, whether breathing normally or not, paediatric CPR, choking, shock, including anaphylactic shock, external bleeding, bone, joint or muscle injuries, head injuries and medical emergencies such as asthma, meningitis and seizures. Our Paediatric First Aid Level 3 (Theory) Course takes three hours, on average, to complete, although please note that the course involves no “hands-on” first aid teaching. The course can be taken, conjointly, with a practical assessment of your paediatric first aid competency, but does not provide practical training, per se.