Paediatric Emergency First Aid

The Paediatric Emergency First Aid course is module 1 (day 1) of the 2-day (12 hour) Paediatric First Aid course which complies with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage document for children aged from birth to five. The shorter 1-day course covers those life-saving first aid emergencies which cannot wait for an ambulance; it is suitable for staff in settings where there are also trained Paediatric First Aiders, or where there is not a direct duty of care for children on the premises e.g. at a soft play centre where children are in the care of their parents. It is NOT suitable for lone childminders or key nursery staff who must hold the full Paediatric First Aid qualification. 

We recognise that children are not small adults – they have physiological differences and particularly with younger children communication can also be a problem. This course addresses these issues with reference to first aid provision.
Training methods are interactive and hands-on, designed to give participants practical skills to deal with children of all ages in any emergency situation.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Principles of first aid
  • Vital signs – adult, child and baby
  • Incident procedure – dealing with incidents
  • Treatment of an unresponsive casualty
  • Dealing with bleeding and shock
  • Resuscitation – includes child and baby
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
  • Conscious Choking – adult/child and baby
  • Unconscious choking – adult/child and baby
  • Practical scenarios
  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • First aid kits – with particular reference to children
  • Legislation and Administration – including record keeping
  • Emergency action planning

Pre-requisites and logistics:

There are no pre-requisites to attend this course although participants must be fit enough to bend, kneel and simulate CPR on a manikin. This course can be run on the client’s own premises or individuals can book onto an open course. Trainer to student ratio is 1:12 as recommended by the HSE for First Aid at Work courses in order to deliver quality training.


Important information:
This course does not cover adult employees as adult CPR and heart attacks are NOT covered. By extending the minimum course time by an hour, Underwood Training is able to provide a dual certificated course for in-house groups which will meet an employers duty of care to it’s staff as well as to the children in their care. Contact us for details.


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