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.

Is this course suitable for you?Learn more about PFA qualification.

Candidate Age Requirements


Total Qualification Time

3 days

Qualification Validity

3 years

Candidate Age Requirements


Total Qualification Time

3 days

Qualification Validity

3 years

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 in a 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.

To get qualified in this course, 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 years 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.


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

To ensure the best support is provided to candidates, the maximum number attending a course is limited to 12.

Course Duration

The total qualification time for Paediatric First Aid course is 15 hours. This is made up of 12 guided learning hours (excluding breaks) and 3 hours for self-study.


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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