A comprehensive first aid course covering a wide range of paediatric emergencies, injuries and illnesses. For those working professionally with infants and/or young children. Duration: 2 day classroom course Qualification title: Level 3 (Level 6 Scotland) Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) Accreditation: Qualsafe Awards Certification: Valid for 3 years


  • Learners must be at least 14 years of age.  
  • The role of a first aider can be physically demanding - we would normally expect learners to be fit and well enough to kneel, bend and work on the floor. 
  • To pass this course you MUST be able to meet all the standards for assessment.  This includes CPR, which must be performed on a manikin on the floor.  
  • There are no formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we recommend that learners have a basic level of skill in Literacy and Numeracy.  


In an average year, half of all infants under 12 months and a quarter of older children will attend hospital.  Most bumps and falls are not serious but having a good understanding of what to do in emergency is incredibly important for the safety of children and it could mean the difference between life and death. 

Successful candidates will learn the roles and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider and will be equipped with the necessary skills to administer safe and effective treatment when dealing with a range of paediatric first aid situations.

Course Syllabus

The content of this course is set out by the First Aid Awarding Organisations Forum (FAAOF) in line with legal requirements for those working professionally with children, and current guidance on accepted first aid protocols as defined by the Resuscitation Council UK and other responsible bodies of medical opinion.


  • The role & responsibilities of a paediatric first aider 
  • Assessing an emergency situation
  • Dealing with an unresponsive infant or child
  • Recovery position
  • Paediatric CPR and defibrillation (AED)
  • Choking
  • Seizures
  • External bleeding
  • Hypovolaemic shock
  • Minor injuries 
  • Bites & stings
  • Head, neck and back injuries
  • Fractures
  • Anaphylaxis and allergic reactions
  • Meningitis
  • Asthma
  • Febrile Convulsions
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Poisoning
  • Burns & scalds
  • Electric Shock
  • Ear, eye and nose conditions 
  • Treatment for hot and cold body temperatures


This qualification has been specifically designed for those who work professionally with infants and/or young children and are required to hold a paediatric first aid qualification.  It is also suitable for anyone who has a non-professional involvement with infants and children, such as parents, grandparents who want to learn more in-depth paediatric first aid skills.

In Scotland:

The Scottish Care Inspectorate requires nursery staff and childminders to have appropriate skills and knowledge for their role.  A minimum of one first aider must be present at all times children are on the premises.  Currently, this does not have to be a paediatric first aider, although this is widely agreed as good practice due to the different first aid protocols for children, compared with adults.  This course also includes adult first aid protocols and as such, satisfies the legal requirements for first aider provision in the workplace.  

In England:

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework requires all Early Years providers to have at least one person who has a current, and full paediatric first aid certificate on the premises and available at all times when children are present. Providers should also take into account the number of children, staff and layout of the premises and increase their paediatric first aid provision accordingly to ensure that a paediatric first aider is available to respond to emergencies quickly.

Delivery & Assessment 

This course is delivered using direct teaching methods, instructional videos, practical demonstrations, group discussion, peer assessment and feedback, as well as scenario-based activities.  

You must attend all teaching hours and complete all assessments to pass this course.

A range of formal and informal assessment techniques are used by the trainer throughout the learning process to measure learner knowledge, skills and understanding.   This includes observation of your practical skills and a short written assessment paper. You will be fully supported through all aspects of the assessment process and written assessments can be scribed if necessary.   

Practical assessments for this qualification include: 

  • Infant resuscitation (CPR and AED)
  • Child resuscitation (CPR and AED)
  • Recovery position for an infant AND child
  • Management of choking for an infant AND child
  • Wounds and bandaging
  • Treatment of hypovolaemic shock
  • Management of a child with a suspected spinal injury
  • Application of a sling
  • Administering an adrenaline auto-injector trainer device

Certificates are valid for 3 years and first aiders must retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date in order to remain qualified.  Once expired, you are no longer able to act as an emergency paediatric first aider in your workplace. 


It is important that no learner is denied the chance to attend a first aid training course due to a disability.   We aim to make sure all learners have fair access to assessment and are given equal opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and practical competence, regardless of special educational needs, disabilities, temporary illness or injury or other adverse circumstances outside their control.

Our trainers are all experienced teachers with a background in support for learning.  With a view to removing barriers which prevent learners from accessing training or undertaking assessments, the standards for delivery of regulated first aid qualifications allow us to make reasonable adjustments where this is appropriate.

These may include:

  • use of coloured overlays
  • use of visual aids
  • use of large print resources
  • use of subtitles
  • reading questions to learners
  • scribing learner answers
  • allowing extra time

It is possible for hearing or visually impaired learners to successfully undertake first aid training and assessment.  Where necessary we would adapt skills assessments to include use of ‘other’ senses.  Some learners may also require additional support e.g a sign language interpreter or a support dog.

This course will be delivered in English.  Learners with English as an additional language can make use of a dictionary or other means of translation to support their understanding.

To gain certification in this first aid qualification learners will need to demonstrate competence in the required practical skills, which include:

  • CPR & AED – this must be demonstrated at least once on the floor for 2 continuous minutes without help from a third party
  • Recovery position – this must be performed safely and effectively but does not necessarily involve kneeling on the floor
  • Wounds and bleeding – this must include applying pressure to a wound and application of a dressing/bandage without assistance from a third party except for the ‘casualty’
  • Other assessments e.g choking management – this must be demonstrated safely and effectively in line with the assessment criteria

If you think you might need some additional support to access any part of the course or assessment, please let us know at the point of booking.  We will then get in touch to discuss your needs in more detail and any permitted reasonable adjustments will be managed as sensitively and confidentially as possible.

Please note:

Reasonable adjustments may require additional time and incur additional costs to the learner.

Reasonable adjustments can only be made where they don’t cause unreasonable expense, impact the wellbeing or other learners, or affect the integrity of the assessments.

 It is not always possible to make reasonable adjustments, for example, where a learner is unable to meet the requirements of a qualification necessary for an employer to fulfil their obligations under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.  An example of this would be a learner being unable to perform CPR on a manikin on the floor as in a real situation the casualty is highly likely to fall to the ground.  In this case we would issue an attendance certificate outlining specific achievements on the course.