Early Years Providers: Are You In The Know?

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Early Years Providers: Are You In The Know?

Nurseries, Schools, Pre-Schools and Early Years Providers, take note. Did you know that due to a recent update in legislation, your Paediatric First Aid requirements have changed?

This detailed consultation report and government response released last week tells you everything you need to know. However, we know that time is precious, so we’ve put together a simple Q&A to arm you with the vital facts.

What’s changed?

As of September 2016, all newly qualified early years staff (with a Level 2 or Level 3 childcare qualification) now need to successfully complete a full Paediatric First Aid (PFA) or an Emergency Paediatric First Aid course if they are to count towards the staff/qualification ratio under the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). A three month ‘grace’ period to complete PFA training after starting work with a new employer will be allowed.

The consultation, which launched in October 2015, received 377 responses from a range of early years providers, 91% of whom said that that the EYFS PFA requirements needed to change or strengthen. 84% agreed that the proposed (and now confirmed) changes in legislation should be made mandatory.

Were there any concerns?

Concerns were raised about potential ongoing costs for retraining and the renewal of PFA certificates every three years but the majority of respondents agreed that the benefits of newly qualified early years staff undergoing PFA training justified any additional costs.

Given the positive response to the consultation, the Government too felt that these costs were justified. This is no doubt echoed by parents who will welcome the change knowing that the first aid provisions in place for their child will only improve.

Will the content of the PFA courses change?

Paediatric First AidRespondents were asked if they agreed with the course content for the one-day emergency PFA course. 67% did agree but about a fifth responded to say that all training should be the full PFA course as the Emergency PFA would not suffice. However, it was accepted that courses could be either full or emergency PFA.

Members of the First Aid at Work Quality Partnership were interviewed on the content of emergency PFA courses and the consensus was that the course content should:

• Help assess an emergency situation and prioritise what action to take
• 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

The Government agrees with this content given the course length and the need to concentrate on specific life threatening conditions.

Who can help?

Paediatric First Aid 4You are free to choose your training provider and it will be made clear in the EYFS the options that are available for finding a suitable one in your area.

Here at GEM Compliance Training, we run regular accredited Paediatric First Aid Level 3 public courses in Bradford, Keighley, Skipton and Bingley. Meeting Ofsted & EYFS requirements, the public courses are available to schools, nurseries, pre-schools and small groups, as well as individuals such as self-employed childminders. Everyone is welcome!

Alternatively, we can arrange to deliver our Paediatric First Aid Level 3 course in your workplace to groups of 6 or more. We can run the course at a time to suit your needs, whether that’s during business hours, on an evening or a weekend.

For more information on our Paediatric First Aid Level 3 courses, please visit: www.gemcompliancetraining.co.uk/first-aid-training-courses/paediatric-first-aid/

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