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Paediatric First Aid Courses (QA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF))

Infant CPR

The "Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid" course is based on, and meets the requirements of the Ofsted* and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines** for people who work with, or look after, children, to enable them to have a basic knowledge of how to deal with emergency first aid situations. The course will give confidence and practice in the emergency life-saving techniques that are required in those first few minutes before professional help arrives, and includes some conditions/injuries that may occur when working with, or looking after children.

It is now a requirement, with the introduction of "Millie's Law"*** and "Millie's Mark"**** that all Level 2 and Level 3 qualified childcare staff hold a Paediatric First Aid qualification.

A Level 3 regulated qualification offers significant advantages over non-regulated courses. Course credits (2 credits for this course) can be placed directly onto your Personal Learning Record for easy credit transfer for those studying towards higher qualifications, such as qualifications in Childcare, and you are assured of a high quality in the delivery of the training due to the quality assurance processes in place. Ofsted and Local Authorities will recognise an Ofqual regulated qualification without any further approvals.

Our Paediatric First Courses are trained by fully qualified trainers, all of whom have many years experience in treating children and babies, and who have a vast experience in childcare settings and schools so that they can bring real life experiences to the training room. Our courses have a great deal of practical elements, so that learners can practice, and become comfortable with the skills they may have to use.

Course contents

The Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid course covers:

  • Managing an incident, including emergency phone calls and record keeping/reporting of incidents
  • Legislation the first aider needs to be familiar with
  • How to prioritise patients (primary and secondary survey - babies and children)
  • Unresponsive, non-breathing babies and children (CPR), including safe use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Unresponsive, breathing babies and children (Recovery position)
  • Choking babies and children
  • Serious and minor cuts/bleeding
  • Clinical shock (blood volume loss)
  • Seizures (including Epilepsy and Infantile (Febrile) Convulsions)
  • Bites and Stings
  • Severe allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis)
  • Sprains/strains/fractures (including spinal injuries)
  • Head injuries
  • Foreign bodies in eyes, ears and nose
  • Eye inuries
  • Low blood sugar/diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Meningitis
  • Effects of extremes of heat and cold
  • Burns and scalds (including electric shock)
  • Poisons

(For comparison purposes - blue text indicates course topics covered that are covered on the full "Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid" course, but are not covered on the "Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid" course)

Course duration

12 hours contact contact learning hours (CLH), minimum, not including breaks (16 hours total qualification time (TQT)), typically over 2 days.


Certificates of competence will be issued following successful completion of this course by the learners. Assessment of the learners skills will be by continuous assessment by the trainer/assessor followed on each day by a multiple choice assessment set by Qualsafe Awards as our awarding organisation.

Certificates are valid for 3 years, with the strong recommendation that the qualified person undergoes an annual refresher course of at least three hours.

Please note that in order to be awarded a certificate of competence in this course, learners must be able to demonstrate that they are able to perform the relevant skills - it remains the employers responsibility to ensure that learners sent on this course are physically and mentally fit enough to be able to perform the skills that may be required of them during their duties.


Learners may re-qualify their Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid qualification by attending another 2 day Paediatric First Aid course during the period of validity of their certificate.

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We offer courses in Hampshire, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Dorset, and further afield. We are based in Fareham, Hampshire.

* Ofsted Guide to registration on the Childcare Register, Annex A, Page 27
** Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2008, Appendix 1 - Page 23
*** UK Government press release about proposed compulsory paediatric first aid training for all nursery and pre-school staff
**** UK Government press release about the newly launched Millie's Mark for nurseries, and the new Millie's Law for all nursery and pre-school staff, introduced in Sept 2016
Qualsafe Awards Registered Centre Number 0905368

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