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Paediatric First Aid (PFA) – 2 day – £695 (Education/ Voluntary Sector rate: £555)
Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA) – 1 day – £395 (Education/ Voluntary Sector rate: £315)
What Is It?
Paediatric First Aid Courses (PFA) and Emergency Paediatric First Aid Courses (EPFA) – sometimes referred to as the ‘twelve hour’ and ‘six hour’ courses. These are the standard courses laid down by Ofsted and the DfE for staff who work with young people. These courses cover young people under 13. They are distinct from the adult courses.
It is a legal requirement for any schools, nurseries, childminders who have care for under fives to have adequate PFA cover at all times. Luckily though, these qualifications aren’t difficult to get.
(For more on this, have a look at our page on legal requirements around First Aid for those who work with Children and Young People)
EPFA is a one day course. PFA is a two day course. There is six hours of content each day, usually delivered over seven hours, to include one hour for breaks and lunch.
All of our courses are certified through the awarding organisation Nuco Training, meaning that learners will also get a QCA-recognised Level 3 Award. This is important for one simple reason: If Ofsted decide to look into your certificate (which they often do) then will immediately trust the QCA hologram! Awards that aren’t QCA-recognised can sometimes be unpopular with Ofsted inspectors. In extreme cases, if Ofsted aren’t satisfied with the First Aid provider, their documents and procedures, they can even refuse to recognise your certificates and fail you as a result!
Before your course, we will get in touch with you in plenty of time, letting you know what you need to wear (something comfortable, basically) and what you need to bring (really, not a lot!). At the end of the day, we’ll send off for your certificate which you’ll receive within a couple of weeks. Temporary (non-QCA) certificates are available on request if you need something to show your employer right away.
What Will I Learn?
Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course (EPFA) Syllabus:
- The role of a first aider
- How to assess a situation and prioritise actions
- How to provide first aid to a baby or child who is unconscious and breathing normally
- How to provide first aid to a baby or child who is unconscious and not breathing normally (including CPR and AED use)
- Bleeding and the danger of hypovolemic shock
Paediatric First Aid Course (PFA) Syllabus:
[All of the above as well as:]
- Anaphylactic shock
- Electric shock
- Burns and scalds
- Suspected fractures
- Joint and muscle injuries
- Head/ neck/ back/ spinal injuries
- Suspected poisoning
- Foreign body in eye/ ear/ nose
- Eye injury
- Bite or sting
- Extremes of hot or cold
- Diabetic emergency
- Asthma attack
- Allergic reaction
- Febrile convulsions
- First aid kits
- Reporting incidents (RIDDOR).
Both courses will cover defibrillator (AED/ PAD) use, as well as the current guidelines around AAI (EpiPen) and asthma inhaler use in schools, if required.
Anaphylaxis and Asthma are two areas which teachers, childminders, and nursery staff often find tricky. Largely because AAIs (EpiPens etc) and Inhalers are stored on site and staff can be unsure about how and when to use them. The rules have changed a lot in recent years, which is why we work hard to stay on top of current legislation and best practice.
Courses are taught inline with HSE and Ofsted standards, with protocols taken as required from the Voluntary Services Manual, complied by St Johns Ambulance the the Red Cross. Resuscitation procedures are taken from the Resuscitation Council, as required by the HSE.