First Aid For Childminders Or Early Years – Explained


At the Axiom Dynamics Training Academy we are continually asked which first aid course learners need to take if they are dealing with children. We have put together this short blog which will hopefully explain the course you need to take and who should take this first aid qualification.

First Aid is defined as ‘help given to a sick or injured person until full medical treatment is available, with the ‘3 Ps’ summarising the aims of a first aider:

Preserve life

Prevent the situation from worsening

Promote recovery.

The term ‘Paediatric First aid’ refers to the skill and knowledge required to provide effective first aid to children, which is really anyone under the age of 16.

This course is for people working with young children and those working towards an early years educator qualification. This includes:

  • people working in day nurseries
  • people working in private nursery schools
  • people working in pre-schools
  • people working in before and after school clubs for children in the early year’s age group
  • childminders
  • carers of children at home.

What does the course involve?

Childminders will require the Paediatric First Aid 12 Hour Qualification so they can register with Ofsted.  This Level 3 qualification is therefore perfect for learners wishing to become Paediatric First Aiders where they will have a responsibility for the welfare of infants and/ or children as it aligns with the paediatric first aid syllabus within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Once completed and passed to the required standard, this qualification is valid for a period of three years after which learners must retake the course. In addition to this, annual refresher training is recommended, as this will keep your learnings current and will also prevent skill fade from setting in.

The course covers potential accidents, illnesses, and non-emergency situations that can arise in the early years setting. Subjects covered include:

  1. The roles and responsibilities of a paediatric first aider
  2. How to provide first aid to an infant or child who is unresponsive
  3. How to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)

Other topics include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Asthma
  • Bites and stings
  • Bone, joint and muscle injuries
  • Burns and scalds
  • Childhood conditions
  • Choking baby
  • Choking child
  • Communication and casualty care
  • Eye injuries
  • Foreign objects
  • Head injuries
  • Heat and cold extremes
  • Low blood sugar
  • Managing an emergency
  • Meningitis
  • Minor and severe bleeding
  • Poisons and what to do if someone has been poisoned
  • Seizures
  • Shock
  • Spinal injuries
  • Unresponsive baby
  • Unresponsive child

Is there any assessment?

Assessment for this qualification is made up of learner demonstrations of practical first aid skills, written assessments. and written and oral questions. There will be continuous observation by the tutor/ assessor throughout the course.

What will I receive?

Successful candidates receive an accredited Paediatric First Aid certificate, valid for three years.

Looking for an in-house course or have a large group that needs this qualification, why not get in touch here today?


***Learners will require a basic command of English* (defined as Level 2). While we are often able to provide support to people who do not have English as a first language, our ability to do so is limited by the time available and the number of people who require assistance. We may be able to make special arrangements if requested in advance. Please contact us here, if you need any guidance.***


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