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Paediatric First Aid

Course Information

It is now a legal requirement for all newly qualified nursery staff to hold a Paediatric First Aid certificate.

The Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (PFA) course is regulated by Ofqual and meets all of Ofsted’s requirements.  It is aimed at those who care for children from birth to puberty.


The PFA requires 12 hours of teaching time. This is ideally taught over two days, but can be split into 4 half day sessions at an additional cost. Any breaks taken are in addition to the 12 hours.

As nursery and other staff are understandably occupied on weekdays, we are happy to run this course on a Saturday or Sunday.


Assessment is in the form of practical exercises and two straightforward multiple choice papers. Candidates must pass both elements to qualify.

Please note that candidates must be able to perform exercises at floor level where required. It is a requirement of all regulated courses that the candidate should be able to communicate effectively with Emergency Services and, although this is not assessed formally, your instructor must be satisfied that this is the case. As such, all the question papers are in English and a reader will be provided if candidates have literacy concerns or learning difficulties.


Once qualified, the certificate is valid for 3 years, at the end of which candidates will need to attend a two-day requalification course to requalify. It is recommended by HSE that all paediatric first aiders should do an annual 3 hour refresher course to keep their skills up-to-date.


We book a maximum of 12 people per trainer. Larger groups can be accommodated with additional trainers.


For an exclusive course where you provide the venue we charge £720.00 plus VAT for up to 12 candidates (equal to approximately £54pp); where there are 6 or fewer candidates then the price is reduced to £620.00 plus VAT.

Combined PFA & First Aid at Work

We are able to offer a combined Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work course which runs over 3 days thus helping schools and nurseries meet both their Ofsted & HSE needs. The cost of the combined course is £1425.00 plus VAT

Course Content

Courses cover:

  • Bites & stings
  • Ear & nose conditions
  • Fractures, dislocations, strains & sprains
  • Head & spinal injuries
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Meningitis
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Temperature related illnesses
  • Electric shock
  • Burns & scalds
  • Poisons
  • Role and responsibilities of the Paediatric First Aider
  • Incident management
  • Casualty assessment
  • Infant and child CPR
  • AED use
  • Unconscious casualty
  • Recovery position
  • Choking
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Shock
  • Wounds and bleeds
  • Safe use of tourniquets and Haemostatic dressings
  • Epilepsy
  • Minor injuries (small cuts, bruises, splinters)


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