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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.

Duration

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.

Assessment

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.

Certification

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.

Numbers

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

Costs

For an exclusive course where you provide the venue we charge £650.00 plus VAT for up to 12 candidates (equal to approximately £54pp). We also offer open courses in Canterbury, Hastings, Maidstone, Orpington and Tunbridge Wells at a cost of £130.00 per person 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)