Paediatric First Aid Course – 2 day

Accredited Qualification

Qualsafe (QA) Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid RQF (Regulations Quality Framework).

Who should take this course?

The qualification is designed 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.  For example:

  • Au Pairs / Nannies / Childminders
  • Nursery and pre-school workers
  • Sport and leisure staff
  • Creche leaders
  • Parents
  • Staff of before & after school clubs

Course Overview

This qualification has been specifically designed to fulfil Ofsted’s first aid requirements for early years teachers, nursery workers and childminders (as defined within the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014 and within the Child Care Register guide).

Aim of Qualification

The aim of the qualification is to enable learners to attain the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with a range of first aid situations which can arise when working with or looking after children.  Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective first aid in emergency situations with an understanding of the role of the paediatric first aider.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but in order to benefit from the learning, learners should:

  • Possess communication skills sufficient to allow them to address the assessment requirements of the qualification.
  • Be physically able to perform the relevant actions and techniques included in the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) syllabus.
  • Be in attendance for the entire course duration to be eligible for evaluation and qualify for the Paediatric First Aid certificate.

Course Duration

The Paediatric First Aid course is a 2-day course which can be delivered on non-consecutive days. This is, to include a minimum of 12 hours training and assessment. The contact hours are exclusive of breaks.

Note: If the course is delivered over a period of more than 2 days, each session must be a minimum of 2 hours, over a maximum period of 6 weeks.

Course Content

  • The roles and responsibilities of a paediatric first aider
  • Assessing an emergency situation
  • Dealing with an unresponsive infant or child
  • Recovery position
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • How to use an Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and the correct placement of AED pads
  • Choking
  • Head, neck and back injuries
  • Fractures, dislocations, strains and sprains
  • Anaphylaxis and allergic reactions
  • Meningitis
  • Asthma
  • Seizures (includes febrile convulsions)
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Poisoning
  • Burns and scalds
  • Electric shock
  • External bleeding
  • Shock
  • Eye, ear and nose conditions
  • Bites and stings
  • Treatment for hot and cold temperatures
  • Minor injuries
  • Accident recording


Learners are required to complete both theory and practical assessments.  Practical skills are assessed by continuous observation by the trainer and there is a written assessment paper to check understanding.


An A5 Qualsafe Paediatric First Aid Made Easy booklet is provided for each learner.


The Paediatric First Aid certificate is valid for period of 3 years, within which time the learner will need to re-take the course and the assessment in order to remain qualified. This is in line with the guidance from Ofsted. It is also recommended that learners undertake an annual refresher on the main points of First Aid, however, this is not mandatory and does not form part of a RQF/QCF unit or qualification. Please refer to the Annual Refresher Training link for more details.