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Course overview

Our 12 Hour Paediatric First Aid course is made up of 6 hours of hands-on training and 6 hours of at-home online learning. Our eLearning curriculum, which is web-based, interactive, and user-friendly, must be completed prior to the practical day. Learners may access the course materials as many times as they want via a computer/laptop/tablet or phone. The classroom training session lasts for 6 hours and is delivered by a trainer who will teach you the skills, knowledge, and confidence to respond effectively when pediatric emergencies occur.

EYFS 2021 Update – Blended First Aid meets full guidance

The Department of Education recognises Blended First Aid in the New EYFS Framework, which will come into effect on September 1st 2021, and that you may rest confident that Skills Training Group meets all of the requirements.

This blended course includes all components of the Emergency Paediatric Course, with a trainer-led practical day and our eLearning module containing only the additional material needed to acquire your Full Paediatric First Aid Certification.

For group bookings, we can deliver this course for up to 12 learners onsite at your venue or workplace.

We also offer the Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course.

Need a different course? View all of our first aid courses & training.

Modules breakdown

Our Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Course covers more advanced skills and knowledge to provide effective emergency care for infants and children. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Emergency care and management of infants and children
  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) for infants and children
  • Use of AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for infants and children
  • Choking and airway obstruction management in infants and children
  • Bleeding control and management of wounds in infants and children
  • Treatment of burns, including electrical burns and chemical burns in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of fractures, dislocations, and sprains in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of head injury and concussion in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of spinal injury in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of fever and temperature control in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of poisoning and overdose in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of bites and stings in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of anaphylaxis and allergic reactions in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of asthma and other respiratory emergencies in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of seizures and epilepsy in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of diabetes and hypoglycemia in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of sickle cell crisis in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of meningitis and other serious infections in infants and children
  • Recognition and management of sepsis and septic shock in infants and children

The course will also cover more advanced first aid skills and protocols, such as how to use advanced first aid equipment and how to communicate effectively with emergency services.

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Other Childcare First Aid Course Information

Which Course Do I Need?

Our Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course is generally suitable for nannies, childminders, au pairs and nursery staff who work in Scotland.

Our Combined Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course & Emergency First Aid at Work Course is suitable for primary school and highschool staff.

For those who need OFSTED Approval, such as some nannies or nursery staff in England or Wales, you’ll require our OFSTED approved 2-Day Blended Paediatric First Aid Course.

Assessment Methods

2 x Multi-choice theory assessments & 7 x Practical demonstrations


Successful candidates will receive a personalised QA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) e-Certificate as soon as their results are submitted.

General Topics Covered:

cpr, rescue, breathing, baby, adult, defibrillator, airway, oxygen, ambulance, operator, responder, trained, children

Frequently Asked Questions

What Ages Does Paediatric First Aid Cover?

A Paediatric First Aid Course covers infants and children under 16-18. This contrasts with adult services, which are meant to serve as a risk response for those older than 16 years old.

The standard demographic encouraged to undergo this kind of first aid are personnel in teaching jobs, daycare, and child-minding services (usually women in their 20s-40s).

Young parents with children under the age of 10 are also highly encouraged to undergo this course, as most British parents are statistically incapable of providing the proper first aid for their children.

In general, anyone who frequently interacts with young people under 18 can benefit greatly from this kind of training course.

They will increase their chances of survival and recovery because of their knowledge and training. Management would be wise to send volunteers to these training units and fund and support them.

What is the difference between first aid at work and paediatric first aid?

First aid at work is the type of first aid that is aimed at providing assistance to adults in a workplace setting. This type of first aid is typically taught to employees who work in high-risk environments or jobs that require them to work with heavy machinery or hazardous materials. The training covers a range of topics, including how to respond to medical emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes, and injuries. It also includes instruction on how to properly administer CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

On the other hand, paediatric first aid is specifically aimed at providing assistance to infants and children. This type of first aid is typically taught to parents, teachers, and anyone who works with children. Paediatric first aid training covers topics such as how to recognise and respond to medical emergencies in children, including choking, seizures, and allergic reactions. It also includes instruction on how to perform CPR on infants and children, as well as how to use AEDs that are specifically designed for children.

In summary, first aid at work is focused on adult medical emergencies in a workplace setting, while paediatric first aid is focused on medical emergencies in infants and children.

How many paediatric first aiders do I need?

The number of paediatric first aiders required depends on several factors, including the number of children in your care and the size of your organization. The UK government sets out specific requirements for paediatric first aid provision, and these vary depending on the type of setting and the number of children present.

In general, it is recommended that at least one paediatric first aider is present for every 12 children in a setting. However, it is important to note that this is a minimum requirement, and some organizations may choose to have more paediatric first aiders on staff in order to ensure that there is always someone available to provide first aid if needed.

Additionally, it is important to ensure that there are enough paediatric first aiders on duty at all times, taking into account staff absences and holidays. Some settings may also require first aiders to have specific qualifications, such as the Paediatric First Aid certificate, which covers first aid for infants and children.

Can you fail a paediatric first aid course?

Yes, it is possible to fail a paediatric first aid course if you do not meet the required standard of knowledge and skills. Paediatric first aid courses are designed to teach essential skills and knowledge necessary to provide first aid to infants and children, and there are certain standards that must be met to successfully complete the course.

During the course, you will be assessed on both your knowledge and practical skills, including your ability to respond to various medical emergencies such as choking, seizures, and cardiac arrest. If you do not demonstrate the necessary skills or knowledge to perform these tasks safely and effectively, you may be required to repeat parts of the course or take the entire course again.

How Long Do Paediatric First Aid Certificates Last?

The more skilled you are, the longer your certification lasts. First aid certificates typically last around three years from certification. Since you are not training in automated electronic defibrillator (AED) use, you do not need to renew yearly.

When receiving a first-aid certificate, practising and honing your skills is crucial. When left unused, your abilities will expire long before your license!

You must go through your training materials in your spare time. You must continue to practice and familiarise yourself with your first aid equipment to help you stay sharp.

After three years, you may be required to renew your license and re-earn your certificate. It is best to welcome this opportunity to retrain, as it will allow you to keep your knowledge fresh.

What Do You Do on a Paediatric First Aid Course?

A paediatric course of this type will cover several emergency scenarios likely to involve a child. These include CPR, choking assistance, calling emergency services, and training to deal with panicking children.

Here are some main topics discussed during a child-centred first aid course.


A child is much more sensitive compared to adults. What may be necessary for adults could be damaging to children.

The amount of pressure you may put in adult CPR can completely crush a child’s lungs!

Aside from adjusting CPR to be appropriate for infants and toddlers, you are instructed on the common accidents that add to child death statistics in the UK. You are familiarised with everything that can happen to a child in your care.

In addition to child care, these courses include a short module on dealing with an unconscious adult, such as a coworker or visiting parent.

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