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Course Overview

The objective of this qualification is to support learners 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.
Learners gaining this qualification will know that first aid is the responsibility of everyone involved in the working environment. Topics within this course are regarded by the Early Years Foundation Stage as being important to maintaining good practice in the safe, prompt and effective treatment of injuries and ill health of infants and children who are under the care of trained personnel.
This qualification meets the requirements for Paediatric First Aid outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The qualification is valid for a period of 3 years, after which point learners will need to retake the course. In addition to this it is recommended that learners refresh their knowledge annually.

Benefits you will gain:

  • High-quality study materials
  • Highfield’s comprehensive Paediatric First Aid book
  • Recognised Accredited Qualification.
  • Study in a friendly environment
  • Excellent customer support
  • Access to the e-learning course can form part of blended learning if at least 6 hours of the training is face to face, a minimum of 12 hours of learning is provided to learners


Highfield Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

Highfield Qualifications

Awarded by Highfield Qualifications


This qualification 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. 

What does the Qualification cover?

  • the roles and responsibilities of a first-aider
  • assessing an emergency safely
  • Recovery position
  • CPR and AED
  • administering first aid to a choking infant or child
  • dealing with shock, scolds, bleeds, bites, stings and minor injuries
  • dealing with casualties with fractures, and spinal or head injuries

Method of Assessment:

Learners must complete:

  • 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 the practical matrix within the Assessment Pack.
  • 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.

Who is the Level 3 Award in Pediatric First Aid Course for?

The Paediatric First Aid Course is designed for those who work full time with infants and children. This includes:

  • Childminders
  • Nursery school workers
  • After school clubs
  • Primary school teachers
  • Sport coaches

Total Qualification Time

The total qualification time (TQT) for this qualification is 15 hours. It has been agreed with the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF) that centres must deliver courses with a minimum contact time of 12 hours over a period of at least 2 days.

This qualification may be delivered over a longer period provided each training sessions lasts at least 2 hours. The training delivery and assessment must be completed within a 7-week period.


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.

Progression opportunities

On successful completion of this qualification, learners may wish to continue their development by undertaking one of the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
  • Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (FAW)
  • Level 3 Award in First Aid Response
  • Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator