Paediatric First Aid vs First Aid at Work

Which Course Should I Attend?

This is a question we often get asked by first aiders who work with both children and adults. In this blog, we’ll get to grips with Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work, so you fully understand which of these training courses are right for you.

Stop right there!

Do you work in a childcare setting and believe that Paediatric First Aid fully meets your first aid requirements?

Do you work with children and adults, and believe that First Aid at Work fully meets your first aid requirements?

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If you’ve answered ‘yes’, we must stop you there and point out these important considerations:

  1. Resuscitation Council (UK) states that Paediatric First Aid covers first aid provision from infancy, up until the onset of puberty (although we realise this is not a definitive age). The differences between adult and paediatric resuscitation are largely based on differing aetiology, with primary cardiac arrest being more common in adults whereas children usually suffer from secondary cardiac arrest . The onset of puberty, which is the physiological end of childhood, is the most logical landmark for the upper age limit for use of paediatric guidelines. Follow this link for further guidance:  Corsicana Resuscitation Council (UK) – Paediatric Basic Life Support Guidance
  2. The Ofqual regulated First Aid at Work qualifications covers first aid provision from the onset of puberty into adulthood.
  3. If your primary job role is to care for children, as a first aider, you still have a responsibility to administer first aid to any adults on site, including fellow colleagues, parents and carers.

The Department For Education states that:

“43. There are no rules on exact numbers. Employers have to make a judgement based on their own circumstances and a suitable and sufficient risk assessment. Governing bodies/head teachers should consider the likely risks to pupils and visitors, as well as employees, when drawing up policies and deciding on the numbers of first-aid personnel.“

“52. Training courses cover a range of first aid competences. However, standard first aid at work training courses do not include resuscitation procedures for children. The employer should arrange appropriate training for their first-aid personnel.” 

To have both First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid qualifications, you will be able to legally administer first aid to all age groups, and so will be meeting all guidelines set out as above.

Follow this link for further guidance: Department For Education – Guidance on First Aid for Schools

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Problem solved

If you’ve established that you must attend both courses, fear not. We know how valuable your time is and have come up with a solution to your problem. Having worked closely with our awarding body, we are delighted to introduce our Ofqual regulated combined first aid courses.

Combined Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work course

By combining the two courses into 3 extended days of classroom learning, it enables candidates to gain the skills and knowledge needed to provide both adult and paediatric first aid. All whilst minimising the number of training days required to achieve both qualifications.

Be rest assured that by completing our combined course, you gain exactly the same knowledge, experience and certification as you would if you sat them as individual courses – but it would take 2 days longer! There is a lot of crossover between Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work, so by combining them, we can remove any repetition and cut down the time you’re required to attend.

Upon completion, this 3-day combined course awards a Paediatric First Aid Level 3 (12 hours) and a First Aid at Work Level 3 (18 hours) Ofqual regulated certificate to successful attendees. Both qualifications are valid for 3 years and fully meets the requirements of Health and Safety Executive, Ofsted and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Other Combined First Aid Options

We can also look at other combined options which may best fit your organisation, such as Combined Emergency First Aid at Work & Emergency Paediatric First Aid, or Combined Paediatric First Aid & Emergency First Aid at Work. Discussing your First Aid requirements as a whole could result in time and cost saving options for your organisation. For further information, please contact Gavin or Alice on 01274 752777.

First aid support

It’s also worth considering the number of first aiders you have on site at any one time. For example, if someone goes on holiday or starts work late, are there enough fully qualified first aiders available?

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Don’t forget, it’s a legal requirement for employers with 5 or more employees to ensure they receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. The number of required first aiders must be determined by the employer following a Health and Safety risk assessment.

Check out our First Aid Requirements Calculator to support how many First Aid at Work first aiders are needed, along with First Aid kits, to support your overall Health and Safety Risk Assessment.

Paediatric First Aiders

Paediatric first aid requirements in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, state the current legal requirement is that at least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present. They must accompany children on outings too.  

Your questions answered

Hopefully we’ve answered all your questions surrounding Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work.

If in doubt, simply remember these 4 points:

    1. Paediatric First Aid covers from infancy up until the onset of puberty.
    1. First Aid at Work covers from the onset of puberty, into adulthood.
    1. If, as a first aider, you are responsible for both children and adults in the workplace, you must undertake both sets of first aid training.
    1. We provide Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work in an Ofqual regulated 3 day combined course.
Find out more and book onto one of our combined courses.
You can also read about our new annual Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work video refresher training here.