The Department of Education has reviewed the regulations for childcare and from the 1st September 2014 the Level 2 Awards in Paediatric and Emergency Paediatric First Aid courses will change to become Level 3 Awards in Paediatric and Emergency Paediatric First Aid.
What has changed?
In essence it is pretty much just a re-grading of the Level that the qualification holds, ie Level 2 to Level 3, apart from that there are very few changes to it. At the moment the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid will stay as a 2-day course (Unit 1 and 2, 12 hours teaching time) and the Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid course will stay as a 1-day course (Unit 1 only, 6 hours teaching time), the content for both will stay exactly the same. The Guided Learning Hours (GLH) have changed from 20 hours to 22 hours and if the need is there, home study can be offered. The assessment process will stay the same with a mixture of practical scenarios throughout the course and a multiple choice question paper at the end of each unit.
Which course is best for me?
If you work under the umbrella of Ofsted (ie: Teachers, Nurses, Childcare Assistants, Nannies etc) you will need to complete the full Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. If you just want to have a knowledge of Paediatric First Aid (ie: parents, grandparents or babysitters) then the Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid is more than adequate.
Who can deliver these courses and what should be covered?
In March 2014 the Department of Education produced the Statutory framework for the early years foundation document. Regarding first aid training they stipulate the following for all childcare providers and childminders from September 2014….
Page 21, 18. Providers can choose which organisation they wish to provide the training (preferably one with a nationally approved and accredited first aid qualification or one that is a member of a trade body with an approval and monitoring scheme) but the training must cover the course content as for St John Ambulance or Red Cross paediatric first aid training and be renewed every three years.
Aim High Training and Development is registered with First Aid Awards and Nuco Training Ltd whose courses are approved and fully accredited by Ofqual and Ofsted. Our Level 3 Awards in Paediatric and Emergency Paediatric First Aid course content matches (if not goes beyond) the course content of both St John and the Red Cross.
Provision of first aid cover
Below are two quotes from the above mentioned document stating the provision of first aid cover for all childcare providers and childminders….
Page 21, 3.25. At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. Childminders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a current paediatric first aid certificate. Paediatric first aid training must be relevant for workers caring for young children and where relevant, babies. Providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a paediatric first aider is able to respond to emergencies quickly.
Page 26, 3.50. Providers must ensure there is a first aid box accessible at all times with appropriate content for use with children. Providers must keep a written record of accidents or injuries and first aid treatment. Providers must inform parents and/or carers of any accident or injury sustained by the child on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable, of any first aid treatment given.
You can read the full statutory framework for the early years foundation document here.
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