Paediatric first aid

Who is it for?

The Paediatric first aid training course (formerly First aid for child carers) is designed for people caring for children in any setting. It is suitable for au pairs, nannies, childminders, nursery and pre-school workers, sport and leisure staff, crèche leaders, parents and anyone responsible for the welfare of children.

The paediatric first aid training course is recognised by Ofsted and includes the requirements of the appointed person in the workplace. In-line with the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, it can be used as evidence for an NVQ in childcare and education.

We offer first aid training for every need, including a range of courses for members of the public. The most popular first aid for baby and child course is perfect for new and expectant parents, grandparents and carers.


2 days



Course content includes:

  • dealing with accidents
  • unconscious and breathing baby and child
  • unconscious and not breathing baby and child
  • choking baby and child
  • shock
  • first aid kits and hygiene techniques
  • bleeding and wounds
  • burns and scalds
  • objects in eyes, ears and nose
  • recording, reporting and administering medication
  • extremes of hot and cold
  • sickness and fever
  • medical conditions
    • meningitis
    • diabetic emergency
    • seizures
    • asthma
    • severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock)
    • sickling crisis
  • broken bones  
  • head, neck and back injuries
  • swallowed something harmful
  • adult first aid.


On completion of the course, a certificate will be issued which is valid for 3 years.


Candidates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline.


Child carers must hold a valid paediatric first aid certificate.

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