Requirements for first aid in early years

Requirements for first aid in early years

First aid and the Early years setting.

At least one person who has a current Paediatric First Aid (PFA) certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and they must accompany children on outings. The certificate must be for a full course consistent with the criteria set out in Annex A (see link below).

Childminders – including and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time – must hold a full current PFA certificate. PFA training must be renewed every three years and be relevant for workers caring for young children and, where relevant, babies.

Providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a paediatric first aider is able to respond to emergencies quickly. All newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce who have completed a Level 2 and/or Level 3 qualification on or after 30 June 2016 must also have either a full PFA or an emergency PFA certificate within three months of starting work. Otherwise they cannot be included in “required staff:child ratios” at Level 2 or Level 3 in an early years setting. Providers should display (or make available to parents) staff PFA certificates or a list of staff who have a current PFA certificate.

Further guidance for training can be found by following this link Early Years Foundation Stage 2017 – Annexe A

(Sourced from Department for Education framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017)

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