This is the 2-day Ofsted, EYFS, CSSIW and SureStart compliant course. It is available as a 2-day course or a Blended course with the first day a video-based online course (however the blended course cannot be run in parallel with the classroom-only course as the order of subjects is not compatible)

Who is the 2 day Paediatric First Aid for?

The course is aimed at anybody who comes into contact with children including pre-school staff, nursery staff, play workers, children centre staff, teachers, Learning Support Assistants, holiday camp workers, parent and toddler group volunteers, child minders, nannies, foster carers, au pairs, parent helpers, babysitters, community workers, youth workers, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. If you are likely to take your groups outside on field trips we also offer an enhanced Outdoor Paediatric First Aid course.

No previous first aid experience is required to attend this course.

About this qualification

This course is designed for anybody who might have to identify and manage emergency situations, or deal with very minor everyday occurrences, whilst looking after young children and babies. This qualification meets requirements for those working in early years settings. We use the criteria for effective paediatric first aid training found in Appendix 1 of The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Practice Guidance document for course development and structure. This qualification is part of the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) regulated by Ofqual (the official regulator of qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

The current EYFS statutory framework requires at least one person who has a current Paediatric First Aid certificate to be on the premises or outings at all times when children are present. According to EYFS guidance for effective paediatric training:

  • Training is designed for workers caring for children in the absence of their parents
  • The training leading to a certificate or a renewal certificate is a minimum of 12 hours
  • The first aid certificate must be renewed every 3 years
  • Resuscitation and other training equipment includes baby and junior models, as appropriate
  • Training covers the appropriate contents of a first aid box for babies and children
  • Training should include recording accidents and incidents

This qualification is built from 2 mandatory units of assessment, taught through a modular and progressive training structure
Unit 1 Paediatric Emergency First Aid
Unit 2 Managing Paediatric Illness and Injury

Passing both units leads to the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

Course Duration

12 hours

Minimum age

16

Individual Price

£120

Group price

£840

Group Pricing assumes that the Client provides a suitable training venue


This is the syllabus for the 4 Minutes 12-hour First Aid course as laid down by the Statutory Framework

Day 1 / First 6 hours (also known as Emergency Paediatric First Aid and anyone attending just day 1 can receive a certificate in Emergency Paediatric First Aid

  1. Understand the role and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider
    • Explain the role and responsibilities of a paediatric first aider
    • Explain how to minimise the risk of infection to self and others
    • Identify when to use personal protective equipment when providing first aid
    • Identify contents of a paediatric first aid kit
    • Identify the need to complete an accident report/incident record
    • Define an infant and a child for the purposes of first aid treatment
  2. Be able to assess an emergency situation and prioritise what action to take
    • Conduct a scene survey
    • Conduct a primary survey on an infant and a child
    • Identify when to call for help
  3. Help a baby or child who is unresponsive and breathing normally
    • Place an infant and a child in the recovery position
    • Continually monitor an infant and a child whilst they are in the recovery position
    • Assist an infant and a child who is experiencing a seizure
  4. Help a baby or child who is unresponsive and not breathing normally (including agonal breathing)
    • Identify when to administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to an unresponsive infant and an unresponsive child who is not breathing normally
    • Administer CPR using an infant and a child manikin
    • Operate an Automated External Defibrillator using an infant and a child mannikin
  5. Help a baby or child who is choking
    • Identify when choking is mild and severe
    • Administer first aid to an infant and a child who is choking
  6. Help a baby or child who is bleeding
    • Explain the types and severity of bleeding in infants and children
    • Control external bleeding
  7. Help a baby or child who is suffering from shock caused by severe blood loss (hypovolaemic shock)
  8. Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child with bites, stings and minor injuries
    • Bites (human and animal)
    • Stings (bees and wasps)
    • Small cuts
    • Grazes
    • Bumps and bruises
    • Small splinters
    • Nose bleeds

Day 2 / Second 6 hours

  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from anaphylactic shock
  • Help a baby or child who has had an electric shock
  • Help a baby or child who has burns or scalds
  • Help a baby or child who has a suspected fracture
  • Help a baby or child with head, neck or back injuries
  • Help a baby or child who is suspected of being poisoned
  • Help a baby or child with a foreign body in eyes, ears or nose
  • Help a baby or child with an eye injury
  • Help a baby or child with a bite or sting
  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from the effects of extreme heat or cold
  • Help a baby or child having: a diabetic emergency; an asthma attack; an allergic reaction; meningitis; and/or febrile convulsions
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider (including appropriate contents of a first aid box and the need for recording accidents and incidents)

Note that if you choose the Blended option (video for the first 6 hours, classroom for the second 6 hours) the order of topics is different and blended courses cannot be run in parallel with classroom-only courses.