Paediatric First Aid

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Did you know that 12 young people a week lose their lives to sudden cardiac arrest according to official statistics published by the government?

The Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage as laid out in the Practical Guidance document, and helps to prepare you in dealing with the devastating sudden cardiac arrest that can occur.

This qualification is for people who work with or look after children, enabling them to have a basic knowledge of how to deal with paediatric first aid situations, illnesses, injuries and emergencies.

The aim of the qualification is to enable Learners to attain the knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with a range of:

  • Paediatric first aid situations
  • Paediatric illness, injuries and emergencies

Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective first aid in situations that can arise when looking after children.

Intended audience

This qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to provide first aid to children (including babies) when dealing with:

  • An emergency situation
  • Chronic or sudden paediatric illness
  • Paediatric injury

Note: This qualification fulfils Ofsted’s first aid requirements for early years teachers, nursery workers and child minders (as defined within the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014 and within The Child Care Register guide).

Structure of the qualification

This qualification comprises 2 mandatory units with a total value of 3 credits and 22 guided learning hours (GLH)*.

*GLH are a guide to the estimated hours an average Learner would study to gain the unit. This does not have to be face-to-face instructional time and can include self-directed study at home, such as reading course hand outs and further self-study.

Learners must complete both units successfully to achieve the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid  qualification.

All practical and written assessments must be passed to gain the qualification.

Learner outcomes

The Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid has two units that Learners are required to complete in order to achieve the qualification. 

Emergency Paediatric First Aid

Managing Paediatric Illness, Injury and Emergencies

  • Understand the role & responsibilities of a paediatric first aider.
  • Be able to assess an emergency situation safely.
  • Be able to provide first aid for an infant and a child who is unresponsive and breathing normally.
  • Be able to provide first aid for an infant and a child who is unresponsive and not breathing normally.
  • Be able to provide first aid for an infant and a child who has a foreign body airway obstruction.
  • Be able to provide first aid to an infant and a child with external bleeding.
  • Understand how to provide first aid to an infant and a child who is suffering from shock.
  • Understand how to provide first aid to an infant and a child with anaphylaxis.
  • Be able to administer first aid to an infant and a child with injuries to bones, joints and muscles.
  • Be able to administer first aid to an infant and a child with head and spinal injuries.
  • Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose.
  • Understand how to administer emergency first aid to an infant and a child with a chronic medical condition or sudden illness.
  • Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child who is experiencing the effects of extreme heat and cold.
  • Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child who has sustained an electric shock.
  • Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child with burns or scalds.
  • Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child who has been poisoned.
  • Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child who has been bitten or stung.
  • Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child with minor injuries.
  • Understand how to complete records relating to illnesses, injuries and emergencies.

 Course cost

The Paediatric First Aid course is delivered in-house for clients across the UK and globally at a time to suit you. The cost of this, inclusive of learner resources, handouts, Paediatric First Aid Made Easy books and certificates*, is from just £900.00 for up to 12 people. 

A certificate valid for 3 years is issued by Simply First Aid*.

*Simply First Aid is approved to deliver qualifications listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). If you would like QCF certification, this is available at an additional cost.