Course Summary:

This is an Ofqual Regulated Qualification and is based on the recommendations of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications.

Accreditation: Qualsafe Awards (QCF)

Duration: 12 contact hours delivered over 2 days

Location: Larbert for open courses (individual bookings) or clients own premises (group bookings*)

Pre-requisites: Learners must be at least 14 years of age.  The role of a first aider can be physically demanding, candidates are reminded that they must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline.

*We can provide a venue if your premises are unsuitable (at an additional cost)

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Course Description:

This course has been designed for those 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, chronic or sudden paediatric illness or paediatric injury.   Over a 2 day period, Learners will develop the skills and knowledge needed to deal with an unresponsive infant or child, CPR, choking, meningitis, head and spinal injuries, asthma and much more.   The Paediatric course also includes some coverage of adult first aid to enable you to assist adult colleagues should you need to in an emergency.  It is recognised by HSE and includes requirements for appointed persons in the workplace and fulfils all legal requirements for Early Years teachers, nursery workers and childminders.  This course can be used as evidence for the NVQ in Childcare & Education.

Our Booking Options?

Which option you should choose when booking your course can be determined by a number of factors.  In general, group courses are most suitable for 6 or more people from the same organisation whereas open courses are designed for individuals.  Group courses require appropriate facilities at your own premises to allow training.

Read our advice on when to choose which option.


Learners will understand the role of the paediatric first aider, how to assess an emergency situation safely & how to complete records relating to injuries, illnesses and emergencies.

Learners will gain the knowledge & understanding required to treat an infant or child who is/has:

  • unresponsive and breathing normally
  • unresponsive and NOT breathing normally
  • a foreign body airway obstruction
  • external bleeding
  • suffering from shock
  • anaphylaxis (severe allergy)
  • bone, muscle or joint injuries
  • head & spinal injuries
  • conditions affecting the eyes, ears or nose
  • a chronic medical condition / sudden illness
  • suffering the effects of heat or cold
  • sustained an electric shock
  • burns or scalds
  • been bitten or stung
  • been poisoned
  • minor injuries

Some reference may also be made to treating other people in the child’s immediate environment such as parents, carers or work colleagues.

Delivery & Assessment:

This course is delivered over 12 contact hours through a combination of theoretical discussion, video, practical instruction and scenario based learning.  A range of informal assessment techniques are used by the trainer throughout the learning process to measure the Learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding.  Learners must attend all taught sessions to qualify for assessment.

Competency in the necessary life-saving skills is assessed through 6 practical assessments:

  • Baby CPR
  • Child CPR
  • Choking casualty
  • Unconscious casualty
  • Paediatric wounds, bleeding & shock
  • Management of paediatric fractures

There is also a theory assessment for this qualification which consists of 2 multiple choice question papers which must be taken under examination conditions.  The minimum mark for these assessments is 14/20 and 21/30 respectively to be considered for an overall ‘pass’.

On successful completion of the course Learners will receive an accredited certificate allowing them to practise Paediatric First Aid in the workplace.  This is valid for 3 years and Leaners must retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date in order to remain qualified.  It is also strongly recommended that Paediatric First Aiders complete an annual skills refresher course to avoid first aid ‘skill fade’.


This course is for people who work with or look after children and/or babies, enabling them to have a basic knowledge of how to deal with paediatric first aid emergencies, illnesses and injuries.  It is suitable for au pairs, nannies, childminders*, nursery/pre-school/school workers, creche leaders, sport & leisure staff, parents and anyone responsible for the welfare of children and/or babies.

* Childminders MUST hold a valid Paediatric First Aid certificate.  Babysitters are currently not regulated and have no legal requirement to have a first aid qualification, however it is vital that everyone caring for children knows what to do in an emergency.

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. Due to the practical nature of the course, Learners should wear appropriate clothing and footwear, e.g. trousers and flat footwear. As part of the registration process, Learners are also required to bring 2 forms of photographic ID with them to the first session.


We aim to make sure all Learners have access to assessment and are given equal opportunities to demonstrate their competence.  Please bear in mind that Learners will need to demonstrate certain practical skills without assistance from a third party.  In some circumstances, it may be possible for reasonable adjustments to be made, however this is always subject to approval by the Awarding Organisation.  Further information about this is documented in our Equal Opportunities and Accessibility policies.