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Paediatric First Aid Courses for Childminders

Paediatric First Aid Courses for Childminders with Little Ones Training and Education

Little Ones Training and Education paediatric first aid (PFA) course place an emphasis on preventing accidents, not just treating them. We provide opportunities for childminders to learn, grow and develop their paediatric first aid skills in a safe, friendly and educational environment.

We work alongside the guidelines recommended to childminders and offer regular paediatric first aid courses to fit around your schedule, making it easy to book a course with us.

With paediatric first aid courses 3 times a week, Little Ones Training and Education makes it easier for you to achieve your Ofsted compliant, 12 hour paediatric first aid certification, and take the right step to becoming an Ofsted registered childminder.

Why a 12 hour paediatric first aid course?

Our 12 hour paediatric first aid course, which is compiled of 6 hours of hands on training with one of our fully qualified paediatric first aid trainers, and then another 6 hours online, is fully Ofsted compliant for the Early Years and Childcare Registers, and suitable for childminders, nannies and nursery practitioners.

Before registering with Ofsted, childminders are required to have completed a 12 hour paediatric first aid (PFA) course that is Ofsted compliant and fits the regulations set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

It is a requirement that all childminders and childminder assistants complete a full 12 hour paediatric first aid (PFA) course before they can be included in the required adult:child ratios in an early years setting. By completing the paediatric first aid course you will obtain an Ofsted compliant certification and will be able to operate within the required Ofsted ratios based on each age range.

Little Ones paediatric first aid course for childminders is designed for early years workers caring for young children in the absence of their parents and is appropriate to the age of the children that, as a childminder, you will be caring for. This gives parents the reassurance that you are complying to standards set out by Ofsted and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and are providing a safe and caring environment for their children, and are set up and equipped for emergency situations. The paediatric first aid course gives you the skills and hands on learning, via resuscitation dummies and equipment to practice on different sizes and ages of baby, infant and child to comply with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted compliant requirements.

Childminders whom care for children who are under the age of 16, must have completed a paediatric first aid (PFA) course, and will only be Early Years Foundation Stage and Ofsted compliant once certification has been issued.

What is Covered in a Paediatric First Aid Course?

When it comes to children, you should be prepared for any kind of emergency. Unfortunately small children do not understand risks, and so it is down to the adult to risk assess for them. They are curious about the world around them and will explore in many ways, including putting things in their mouth. To have the basic skills that a paediatric first aid course can offer, will not only give the parents reassurance that you are capable of keeping the children safe, but will also improve your practice to be able to assess risks, provide a safe environment, and know exactly what to do in any emergency situation where first aid may be required.

Children who are developing their gross motor skills through crawling, walking, and climbing, are very likely to receive small bumps, bruises and cuts. As a childminder, knowing what to do in these situations should be a part of your everyday practice, and having an up to date paediatric first aid course, will prove your understanding and knowledge.

In the event of a much bigger accident happening, we hope you will never have to use the paediatric first aid skills that you learn from the 12 hour paediatric First Aid course for childminders, but unfortunately these situations can happen and being prepared and knowing exactly what to do in that situation is the best practice that you can provide as a childminder.

This is why it is a compulsory Ofsted and Early Years Foundation Stage Framework requirement to complete a 12 hour paediatric first aid course as a childminder before setting up a practice, and then regularly updating at least every three years to keep on top of updated legislation and new frameworks.

Paediatric first aid courses for childminders should be taken face-to-face and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidelines, whereby childminders need to:

  • Be able to assess an emergency situation and prioritise what action to take

This skill is of utmost importance and will set the pace for the rest of the paediatric first aid course, by emphasising the importance of assessing each emergency situation that may arise in your childminder setting. It is from learning this procedure that you will then be able to use your skills to deal with any emergency.

You will learn how to;

  • Help a baby or child who is unresponsive and breathing normally
  • Help a baby or child who is unresponsive and not breathing normally
  • Help a baby or child who is having a seizure
  • Help a baby or child who is choking
  • Help a baby or child who is bleeding
  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from shock caused by severe blood loss (hypovolemic shock)

To develop these skills, childminders are given plenty of opportunity to practice their skills within our paediatric first aid course and are made to feel comfortable and confident in all paediatric first aid training given.

It is important to complete a full 12 hour Ofsted compliant paediatric first aid course as in addition to the above criteria, you will also learn how to:

  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from anaphylactic shock
  • Help a baby or child who has had an electric shock
  • Help a baby or child who has burns or scalds
  • Help a baby or child who has a suspected fracture
  • Help a baby or child with head, neck or back injuries
  • Help a baby or child who is suspected of being poisoned
  • Help a baby or child with a foreign body in eyes, ears or nose
  • Help a baby or child with an eye injury
  • Help a baby or child with a bite or sting
  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from the effects of extreme heat or cold
  • Help a baby or child having: a diabetic emergency; an asthma attack; an allergic reaction; meningitis; and/or febrile convulsions
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider (including appropriate contents of a first aid box and the need for recording accidents and incidents)

The emphasis of all of these is to 'help' a baby or child in these areas of paediatric first aid. Being an Ofsted compliant childminder requires you to understand and feel confident in all of these areas, and Little Ones paediatric first aid course covers all of these, as well as a safe, educational environment to develop these skills.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework Paediatric First Aid Requirements

As an Ofsted compliant childminder or childminders assistant, it is imperative that you understand the role that you play in relation to paediatric first aid within your setting. Ofsted will also require a first aid box to be easily accessed for emergencies, as well as up to date and precise record keeping. All of which as topics covered within Little Ones 12 hour paediatric first aid course.

All of these topics are compulsory and cover all the set requirements by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and are Ofsted compliant for childminder registration.

During your Little Ones face-to-face paediatric first aid course, adequate resuscitation and other equipment is provided for your training to adhere to the Ofsted and the Early Years Foundation Stage standards. It is by using this equipment, including baby and junior resuscitation models, where the hands on learning will provide you with confidence and reassurance. The paediatric first aid (PFA) course you are being taught should give all trainees the ability to practice and demonstrate techniques.

All our paediatric first aid (PFA) teachers are qualified and equipped to help you with any questions or concerns you have. We want you to leave the course confident in your ability and ready to take that next step to being an Ofsted compliant, registered childminder.

Following the 12 hour paediatric first aid PFA training, an assessment of competence leads to the award of our paediatric first aid for childminders certificate.

Once you have received this, you are on the right step to becoming an Ofsted registered childminder.

How and When to Book your Ofsted Compliant Paediatric First Aid Course

Little Ones run Ofsted compliant paediatric first aid (PFA) Courses for childminders during the day, 3 times a week.

Our courses run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday every week, allowing you the time to book a course that works around your schedule. This way you can achieve your paediatric first aid (PFA) qualification quickly and start your application process into becoming an Ofsted compliant, registered childminder.

Paediatric First Aid is more than just an Ofsted requirement. It is a life skill needed to take care of children. By completing an Ofsted compliant paediatric first aid course for childminders, you will build the foundation of safe practice. You will grow your own confidence and allow parents to feel the reassurance they need to leave their child in your safe, secure and capable hands.

Little Ones Paediatric First Aid Training meets the requirements set out by Ofsted for Childcare registers and is a member of the First Aid Industry Body. A regulatory body ensuring a high quality of service and standard from its members (registration number 19/16(677)).

This way you receive quality, up-to-date information, with fantastic teachers who are fully qualified and regulated to provide the required paediatric first aid (PFA) course for childminders.

How Often Do I Need to Complete a Paediatric First Aid Course?

Childminders should consider whether they undertake annual paediatric first aid refresher training, which can be of 6 hours (emergency first aid) or the full 12 hour paediatric first aid (PFA) course during any three year certification period, to help maintain basic skills and keep up to date with any changes to paediatric first aid (PFA) procedures. This way all information stays refreshed and relevant, as well as your confidence and the procedures you need to put into place within your early years setting to remain Ofsted compliant.

All childminders, to be Ofsted compliant, must renew their paediatric first aid qualification every 3 years and display their certificate for parents and Ofsted inspectors to see. This is a requirement set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework and complies to Ofsted requirements and registration.

It is suggested to book and renew your paediatric first aid (PFA) course with plenty of time before your certification runs out. Keeping on top of your certification, as well as that of your childminding assistants, and making sure you comply with the Ofsted requirement of renewing your paediatric first aid course every 3 years, is your responsibility. Don’t delay your training.

How do I book an Ofsted compliant paediatric first aid course?

Little Ones run paediatric first aid courses every single week, so you can book a day to suit you and maintain your qualifications needed to be an Ofsted compliant childminder.

Please visit our Little Ones Training and Education page for details on upcoming paediatric first aid courses and how to book your spot.

Space on our paediatric first aid course fill Up fast, so please give us a call on 0207 112 8057 to discuss your needs and we will find availability to fit around your schedule to complete your Ofsted compliant 12 hour paediatric first aid course.

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