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Emergency Paediatric First Aid

Course Information

It is a legal requirement for all newly qualified nursery staff to hold either an Emergency Paediatric First Aid or Paediatric First Aid certificate and for a nursery to achieve the gold standard ‘Millie’s Mark’ all staff will have to hold one of these qualifications.

The Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA) course is regulated by Ofqual and and is aimed at those who care for children from birth to puberty.

It should be noted that the Early Years Framework states that all those who will be left in sole charge of a child or children requires the full Pediatric First Aid course. Additionally, Ofsted do not recognise the EPFA as an appropriate paediatric first aid qualification

he EPFA requires 6 hours of contact time (plus breaks) and is normally taught over one day although it can be split into two 1/2 day sessions or, indeed, 3 x 2 hour sessions although an additional charge will be made. We fully recognise that freeing up sufficient staff to attend this course during the week may be difficult so we are happy to teach this on a Saturday.


Assessment takes two forms; practical exercises and a straightforward multi-choice paper at the end. Candidates must past both elements to qualify.

Please note that candidates must be able to perform exercises at floor level where required. The question papers are in English and a reader will be provided if candidates have literacy concerns, learning difficulties or language problems.

Once qualified, the certificate is valid for 3 years at the end of which candidates will need to attend a fresh one-day course to requalify.

It is recommended by Ofsted that all Paediatric First Aiders should do an annual 3 hour refresher course to keep their skills up-to-date.

A maximum of 12 people are allowed per trainer. Larger groups can be accommodated with additional trainers.

For an exclusive course where you provide the venue we charge £475.00 plus VAT for up to 12 candidates which is about £39.00 per person for a full course. Where there are no more than 6 candidates then the price reduces to £425.00 plus VAT

Course Content
The course will cover:

  • Role and responsibilities of the Paediatric First Aider
  • Incident management
  • Casualty assessment
  • Infant and child CPR
  • Unconscious casualty
  • Recovery position
  • Choking
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Shock
  • Wounds and bleeds
  • Epilepsy
  • Minor injuries (small cuts, bruises, splinters)

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