As a family run business, we have always ensured that all of our staff team have regular and robust paediatric first aid training. We felt that the previous statutory guidelines of one first aid trained staff member on site at any time would not provide enough support for children or staff members in the case of an emergency. Therefore we consistently operated with over 95% of staff qualified in paediatric first aid (this has been our in-house policy since 2005). Our team complete a 12 hour comprehensive paediatric first aid course and this is refreshed every 3 years.
We are delighted that from September 2016, new legislation will be in place to ensure that any newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification must have an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate – a change that will add approximately 15,000 additional trained early year’s practitioners to nurseries and pre-schools each and every year. Millie’s Trust was pivotal in enabling and facilitating this change and we wholeheartedly support this.
This month some members of our staff team carried out their Paediatric First Aid course to renew their current qualifications. The two part course covered lots of situations that could occur in a childcare setting and how to deal with them. Some of the topics covered were:
and many more!
I’m proud to say that this now means all of our Nursery Practitioners at The Quays hold their Paediatric First Aid Qualification.