Like any workplace, schools operate under HSE regulations 1981 and thus have a duty of care to ensure there is adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities for providing first aid in the workplace; Added that the workplace is a school, many different factors have to be considered when deciding on the best possible protection for staff and pupils.
For instance; Primary schools with a nursery or reception class attached require at least one member of staff to have a full Paediatric First Aid certificate; however under new government guidelines all newly trained nursery or pre-school staff must have either an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate.
Having an employee with a generalist First Aid certificate [that may meet the normal requirements for employers], is not sufficient for those working with children and babies. Conversely having a Paediatric First Aid certificate holder will not be sufficient for an employer to meet their legal requirements under the Health and Safety (First Aid ) Regulations 1981.
Ofsted guidance states; that First Aid provision must be available at all times, that children and babies are cared for either on the childcare premises or off the premises on visits and outings.
In settings where care is provided to children who have not reached puberty, frontline staff should have a Paediatric First Aid certificate. Where the children have reached puberty frontline staff should have an adult First Aid certificate, see EFAW and FAW.
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Together with your input we can provide courses that are suited to fit your needs and tailored to your particular work environment. We provide highly trained instructors specialised within the education sector, who through their experience and understanding, can not only work around you and the best interests of your school or nursery, but also, and perhaps more importantly, provide a bespoke service that ensures the best possible protection for your employees and pupils.
Both our Paediatric First aid and Emergency Paediatric First aid courses meet the requirements of the Department for Education (First Aid) syllabus guidelines, Ofsted requirements for registered childminders and the requirements for nannies under the DfES Approved Carers Scheme. Beyond this, we will always look to tailor the course to the most relevant requirements of your particular child care environment.In addition we offer a further course in Safe Use Of An Automated External Defibrillator [AED] in accordance with Department of Education guidelines published in June 2017. Information on how to obtain AEDs in schools and nurseries is available here.
Lastly, our trainers are all experienced and understand the workings of a busy school or education facility. Therefore our instructors are able to work around the requirements of the students, staff and timetable. For further information please fill out our contact form below or call on 03333 442176.
We are based in East Anglia and provide first aid training courses throughout the UK. We offer all our programmes as ‘in-house’ courses at your premises or we can arrange a suitable off-site venue (although this second option would involve additional costs). Please browse through our locations on the menu for more details.
We are dedicated to operating to the highest standards of professional integrity and are committed to providing high quality programmes to enable our client’s staff to flourish in their role as workplace first-aiders.