First Aid for Childminders, Nannies, Nurseries & Afterschool Clubs

Since July 2013 I have trained over 700 learners in paediatric course, just in Monmouthshire.  The great thing is the amazing feedback I get, especially putting their skills into practice, and they now recommend my courses to others.  I now have people returning for their courses and even booking after 2 years so they make sure they have a place when their 3 years is coming near.

On 1 April 2016 in Wales the Regulations and National Minimum Standards for providing care for children up to 12 years changed, so I have also adapted my courses. The accredited courses for paediatric are for infant (under 1 year) and child (1-puberty), these day we do get girls as young as 8 reaching puberty. Therefore in the courses I deliver the adult (puberty onwards) is also covered to reflect the 0-12 years child care includes now.

There are courses available, if you carry on down the page you will find a comparison table:

In Wales with CSSIW it has been stated that it “is up to the manager or childminder to decide which meets your needs, both meet the minimum standards”. For childminders I would always recommend the 12hrs course as this covers in the second unit things such as fractures, head injuries, many medical conditions and burns which are not in the other course.

With nurseries a lot are still training all staff in the 12hrs which is great. A number of nurseries are also following the model of first aiders in work by having a mix as you see in other work places with some trained in 12hrs and others trained in 6hrs.  It means that everyone is able to treat emergencies but then if a child had an asthma attack a 12hrs first aider would treat the child.

Some of you will have seen that in England (March 2015) there are new government proposals that rather than just 1 member of staff having 12hrs in the nursery that all nursery staff have paediatric first aid to be able to act fast. In Wales the minimum standards in childcare is a ratio of 1 trained person  to 10 children, please bear in mind holidays and sickness with this.

Here is a table of how things currently stand with minimum standards:

Wales England
Nannies, au pairs Either 6hrs or 12hrs Either 6hrs or 12hrs
Nursery staff, registered childminders, nannies on voluntary register, after school clubs Either 6hrs or 12hrs 12hrs

The Resuscitation Council recommends that you should update your resuscitation skills annually to avoid “skills fade”. I therefore have First Aid for Childcare Annual Refresher (maximum of 12 learners) which is a 3 hour course in the Mix & Match Offer on my website. Some nurseries run this as a twilight or as part of an INSET day to make sure they are confident to respond in an emergency.

6 hrs Emergency Paediatric First Aid for Childcare 12 hrs Paediatric First Aid for Childcare
Role of Paediatric First Aider, infection control, first aid kit and accident reporting
Scene safety and primary survey of casualties
Recovery position for infants (0 to under 1 year old), children (1 year old –puberty) and adults (puberty onwards)
CPR for infants and children Ratio of manikins is a maximum of 1 manikin to 3 learners, so plenty of hands on practice
Choking In my courses you can practice the choking procedures with Baby Anne and an anti-choking vest.
Wounds, blood loss and shock Scenarios to ensure learning
Anaphylactic shock. In my courses everyone will practice with Epipen (2012 version) and Jext training pens
Fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains
Head injuries—concussion, compression and skull fractures
Suspected spinal injuries
Conditions affecting eyes, ears and nose
Sickle cell anaemia
Febrile seizures
Hypothermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke
Electric shock
Burns and scalds
Poisoning, stings and bites



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