First Aid for Schools
First Aid qualifications are not only a legal requirement for some staff in a school, but anyone that takes care of children, from teachers to playground supervisors, should understand the basics. But what are the requirements?
Schools and Nurseries need to be compliant with both the HSE and Ofsted / EYFS regulations. Plus, from 2020 First Aid is going to be a mandatory part of the PHSE school curriculum for children and students.
When working with 0 – 5 year olds, there is a legal requirement for there ALWAYS to be a member of staff present that holds the full 12 hour Paediatric First Aid qualification as per the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework. This course may also be the most appropriate for staff working with older children. The 12 hour Paediatric trained staff can be supported by staff trained in the 6 hour course and all newly qualified staff with childcare L2 and L3 qualifications must have either the 12 hour or 6 hour Paediatric First Aid qualification.
By Law, as a place of work, there should also be staff trained in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) or First Aid at Work (FAW) for larger schools with more than 50 employees. Ideally staff should attend a tailored course that includes additional relevant paediatric topics such as head injuries, anaphylaxis, child resuscitation and choking procedures.
Please contact us to plan possible course combinations and additions to make sure that all your requirements are covered. Often Schools require multiple qualifications, so we can discuss the best way of doing this.
Guidance for First Aid for Schools is provided by the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE).