Paediatric First Aid

It is a legal requirement for all newly qualified nursery staff to hold a Paediatric First Aid certificate as it is for all child-minders.

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Course Information

One of our most requested courses is the Paediatric First Aid course, and no wonder: whether dealing with children professionally or in the home, a knowledge of how to deal with emergency situations can bring peace of mind when taking care of our most precious commodities!

It is a legal requirement for all newly qualified nursery staff to hold either an Emergency Paediatric First Aid or Paediatric First Aid certificate and for a nursery to achieve the gold standard ‘Millie’s Mark’ all staff will have to hold one of these qualifications.

The Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (PFA) course is regulated by Ofqual and meets all of Ofsted’s requirements.  It is aimed at those who care for children from birth to puberty.

It should be noted that the Early Years Framework states that all those who will be left in sole charge of a child or children requires the full Paediatric First Aid course. Additionally, Ofsted do not recognise the EPFA as an appropriate paediatric first aid qualification.


The EPFA requires 6 hours of contact time (plus breaks) and is normally taught over one day, although it can be split into two 1/2 day sessions or, indeed, three 2 hour sessions (although an additional charge will be made). We fully recognise that freeing up sufficient staff to attend this course during the week may be difficult, so we are happy to teach this on a Saturday.


Assessment takes two forms; practical exercises and a straightforward multi-choice paper at the end. Candidates must past both elements to qualify.

Please note that candidates must be able to perform exercises at floor level where required. It is a requirement of all regulated courses that the candidate should be able to communicate effectively with Emergency Services and, although this is not assessed formally, your instructor must be satisfied that this is the case. As such, all the question papers are in English and a reader will be provided if candidates have literacy concerns or learning difficulties.

With regards to classroom based learning, every precaution has been taken to ensure that courses meet Covid-19 safety measures. Every candidate will have their temperature checked on arrival (anybody showing a temperature over 37.8C will be asked to leave).

We maintain a strict 2 metre separation during seated learning, masks are worn in the event that candidates are required to be closer than 2 metres, and the majority of materials used are disposable, including mannequin lungs. (Any non-disposable materials are fully sanitised).


Once qualified, the certificate is valid for 3 years at the end of which candidates will need to attend a fresh one-day course to requalify.

It is recommended by Ofsted that all Paediatric First Aiders should do an annual 3 hour refresher course to keep their skills up-to-date.



We book a maximum of 12 people per trainer. Larger groups can be accommodated with additional trainers.


For an exclusive course where you provide the venue we charge £770.00 plus VAT (London postcodes £890.00 plus VAT) for up to 12 candidates (equal to approximately £64pp); where there are 6 or fewer candidates then the price is reduced to £670.00 plus VAT (London postcodes £790.00 plus VAT).  Please note that transport charges for off-shore courses will be charged at cost.

Combined PFA & First Aid at Work

We are able to offer a combined Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work course which runs over 3 days thus helping schools and nurseries meet both their Ofsted & HSE needs. The cost of the combined course is £1425.00 plus VAT

Course Content

Courses cover:

  • Bites & stings
  • Ear & nose conditions
  • Fractures, dislocations, strains & sprains
  • Head & spinal injuries
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Meningitis
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Temperature related illnesses
  • Electric shock
  • Burns & scalds
  • Poisons
  • Role and responsibilities of the Paediatric First Aider
  • Incident management
  • Casualty assessment
  • Infant and child CPR
  • AED use
  • Unconscious casualty
  • Recovery position
  • Choking
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Shock
  • Wounds and bleeds
  • Safe use of tourniquets and Haemostatic dressings
  • Epilepsy
  • Minor injuries (small cuts, bruises, splinters)

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