Who is this qualification for?
The Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid is aimed at individuals wishing to become a paediatric first-aider in the workplace with a responsibility for the welfare of infants and children. This qualification is intended for learners already working or preparing to work in the industry and it meets the requirements for paediatric first aid outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
How long will it take?
To complete these qualification learners should expect to undertake 15 hours of learning, with a minimum contact time, excluding breaks, of 12 hours over 2 days.
Topics include the role and responsibilities of the paediatric first-aider and providing first aid for an infant or a child who is unresponsive. The qualification also covers how to administer first aid to an infant or a child with head and spinal injuries, who is choking or suffering from anaphylaxis.
Learners are required to be 16 years of age prior to certification. It is also advised that learners have a minimum of level 1 in literacy to enable them to complete the assessment.
Guidance on assessment
1] Practical observation
The practical assessment is completed throughout the course delivery. This ongoing assessment requires learners to demonstrate practical first aid skills. The practical assessment will be recorded using a practical matrix.
2] Centre-marked multiple-choice theory assessment
Learners are required to answer a series of questions contained within theory question papers. Oral questioning may be used. In this case, the assessor should document the responses within the assessment pack.
Theory paperwork is externally set by Awarding Organisation and internally assessed by the centre.
Learners must achieve a pass in each element in order to pass the qualification.
Assessment must be undertaken in controlled conditions. This means:
• books and other training aids must not be accessed by the learners.
• at least one authorised member of staff must be present in the assessment area while the assessment is being carried out.
• learners may complete the theory assessment in more than one sitting however the centre must collect the paperwork and hold it securely until the assessment recommences.
Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners may wish to continue their development by undertaking one of the following qualifications:
• Highfield Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
• Highfield Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (FAW)
• Highfield Level 3 Award in First Aid Response
• Highfield Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External
Sample assessment material
Highfield provides centres with a practical assessment matrix and a learner theory pack to be used to assess the qualification.
The theory question papers contain multiple-choice questions that meet the knowledge requirements of the qualification. A sample of these questions is below:
- Which of the following is a responsibility of a paediatric first aider?
a) Ensure the business complies with Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework
b) Undertake the first aid needs assessment
c) Ensure available first aid equipment is fit for purpose
d) Implement controls of identified hazards
- Which of the following defines an infant for the purposes of first aid treatment?
a) Under 3 months of age
b) Under 6 months of age
c) Under 12 months of age
d) Under 18 months of age
The practical assessment matrix is used to capture whether the assessor has seen learners demonstrate each skill to the appropriate standard.
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