A basic first aid course covering life-threatening paediatric emergencies, for those with caring responsibilities involving infants or young children. Duration: 1 Full Day (9.00-5.00) Qualification title: Level 3 (Level 6 Scotland) Award in Emergency 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.  During this 1 day course, you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to deal with a range of paediatric emergencies.  It will teach you simple lifesaving techniques and give you opportunities to practise skills as you learn so that you will feel more confident should you need to use them.  

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 an emergency 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 
  • Burns & scalds
  • Bites & stings


This qualification has been designed in-line with the legal requirements and good practice required for early years establishments.  It is also ideal for anyone who cares for infants and children, such as parents, guardians, grandparents or babysitters who want to learn key paediatric first aid skills.

Anyone looking after infants or young children in a professional capacity is required to make provision for first aid emergencies.

In Scotland:

This course meets childcare registration requirements for employees working in a low-risk workplace who care for infants and children.  If you work in a childcare setting such as a nursery, or are a childminder, this is the perfect course for you.

In England:

This qualification is ideal for newly qualified entrants to an Early Years setting who have completed a level 2 and/or level 3 childcare qualification and wish to be included in the staff to child ratios to comply with the EYFS requirements.  A full paediatric first aid or an emergency paediatric first aid certificate must be achieved within three months of starting work. 

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

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.