Paediatric First Aid

Paediatric First Aid qualification is a two-day course, covering a range of CPR and first aid skills related to children. The course provides the skills to ensure a safe environment for children and infants.

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Candidate Age Requirements

16+

Total Qualification Time

2 days

Qualification Validity

3 years

Candidate Age Requirements

16+

Total Qualification Time

2 days

Qualification Validity

3 years

The Paediatric and Early Years course is designed for people who are working or intending to work in the childcare sector.

The Paediatric First Aid programme has been designed to meet the requirements of OFSTED under DfE guidance (April 2017), complying with the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Additionally, the programme meets with the recommendations of the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 issued by the Health & Safety Executive for the ‘Appointed Person’.

Paediatric First Aid qualification is a two-day course covering a range of CPR and first aid skills related to children. The course provides the skills to ensure a safe environment for children and infants.

The PFA training provides a range of knowledge and practical skills in administering paediatric first aid to casualties, including children and infants. Learners practice assessing the situation and the casualty and providing appropriate support. At the end of the course, candidates will be equipped to administer first aid to children and infants.

Is this course suitable for you?

PFA training is recommended for everyone. Specifically, anyone who comes into contact with or works with infants and children, parents and families with young children. No prior first aid knowledge is required.

This qualification is for learners aged 16+ who have a specific responsibility at work or voluntary capacity to provide paediatric first aid.

PFA Qualification

The Paediatric First Aid qualification is OFQUAL-accredited and valid for three years. Candidates should requalify before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified. Although not compulsory, it is recommended that learners refresh their knowledge annually.

This is a 12-hour programme of learning, which can be delivered over a minimum of 2 days or through Blended learning (6 hrs online learning followed by 6 hrs classroom-based learning). Candidates must be 16 years of age at the date of assessment, show 100% attendance and complete all assessments.

Paediatric First Aid qualification has been specifically designed to meet the criteria set by the Department for Education’s EYFS Framework and is ideal for:

  • Those who have gained a level 2 and/or level 3 childcare qualification and have entered into an early year setting and wish to be included in the staff to child ratios to comply with EYFS requirements.
  • Registered childminders and assistants who are required to hold a current and full paediatric first aid certificate in order to comply with the EYFS requirements.
  • It is also for learners that hold a first aid or lifeguarding qualification that wish to augment or refresh existing skill levels.

Requalification

When your Paediatric First Aid certificate expires, you will need to complete the full course and assessment again. In order to requalify, learners must be assessed against all learning outcomes and assessment criteria which will be the same as the initial course of 12 hours.

Delivery Method

The PFA programme can be delivered over a minimum of two days or through blended learning (6 hours of online learning, followed by 6 hours of classroom-based learning).

Course Duration

The total qualification time for the Paediatric First Aid course is 12 hours.

Assessment

Assessment for the Paediatric First Aid course will include a mixture of practical and theory-based evaluations.

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Add-On Qualifications

You can add the following qualification to your Paediatric First Aid training.

First Aid

Basic Life Support and Anaphylaxis Management

You can add “Basic Life Support and Anaphylaxis Management” qualification to your PFA training. With this update, the course time will increase by a minimum of 2 hours for the training and assessment of Basic Life Support and Anaphylaxis Management.

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