Ofsted Approved Paediatric First Aid Courses


If you work at a nursery or a school, run a playgroup or are otherwise involved with children, you need to of sat an Ofsted Approved Paediatric First Aid course by law.

These courses are ideal for any organisation that works with young children, and will help to ensure that they get the best possible care.

A lot of organisations offer Ofsted Approved Paediatric First Aid courses. You can choose from simple courses that you can complete at home, online, or face-to-face courses that you can complete in an afternoon.

The Ofsted Approved Paediatric First Aid courses cover the sort of things that you would expect to see in a first aid for the workplace course, but with a focus on children. So they will look at things like how to comfort a child that is injured, the differences between doing CPR on an adult or a child, and how to help a child that is choking. They may touch on injuries that a child is more likely to get, and also talk about things like defibrillator use.

There are a lot of issues with first aid for children that you wouldn’t have to think about with adults. One thing that you might have to remember is safeguarding. If you are treating a child for injuries and you notice bruising, for example, then you may want to record that for later – especially if the child has said or done other things that gives you cause for concern. If a child is frail, frequently sick, or skittish around adults that could b a sign of abuse.

Ofsted has strict requirements for how people involved with children in education should behave, the records that they should keep, and the training that they should have. You are required to get safeguarding training on a regular basis, and to get First Aid training too. If you are involved with youth sports, then you should consider doing a longer Emergency First Aid for Sport qualification with an added element for Return to Play assessments. This is important because it will cover you for injuries that happen during PE, at sports tournaments, or during sporting events at your youth group.

The first aid courses are usually quite simple, and you don’t need sophisticated equipment – as long as you have a good first aid kit and keep it well stocked, you shouldn’t run into too many problems. If you use something in the first aid kit, write the incident in your accident book, and then restock the first aid kit immediately. Keep an inventory, make sure that everything in the kit is in-code, clean, and un-opened, and replace things on a regular basis. Make sure that only first aiders can go into the box, and make sure that you keep good records at all times; even small injuries should be recorded so that safety trends can be identified.

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