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Paediatric First Aid

Do I need a paediatric first aid certificate?

You might need to check with your manager. From the 1 September 2012, the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage states that:

  • At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings.
  • Childminders, and any assistants who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a current first aid certificate. 

The Ofsted Childcare Register requires the registered person to make sure that at least one person who is caring for children has an appropriate first aid qualification.

As of 1 September 2012, Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service no longer provide funding towards paediatric first aid courses.

Training providers

First aid training must be local authority approved and be relevant for workers caring for young children. The following lists Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service recognised training providers as they meet Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service's quality assurance standards and offer a 12 hour paediatric first aid course. You need to renew your certificate every three years. The DfE has confirmed that if a particular training course provider has already been approved by another English Local Authority, then that would be sufficient because the EYFS does not require that approval has to be from a specific Local Authority.

Please note, the information given below by the training provider may change. Always check their website (using the link) to make sure the information is right. We accept no responsibility for information on the training provider website.

  • Aid Training & Operations Ltd offer a two day paediatric first aid course. It is suitable for childminders, nursery and school staff (dealing with the foundation stage) and anybody who deals with children and wants a more in-depth course. This course is delivered at your venue and includes both theory and practical sessions.
  • Baby First Aid Surrey This course can be delivered at your setting (on site) or at an external venue, at times to suit your needs. 
  • Back to Life This course can be offered on weekdays or weekends, to individuals or groups, and can be delivered in our training room at Leatherhead or delivered on site.
  • BJR Training This course is delivered on site or at one of our Surrey venues, on either weekdays or weekends.
  • Early Bird First Aid This paediatric first aid course is designed for childcare professionals offering flexibility with structure and course location. We can provide convenient dates and a local venue to suit you and /or your group.
  • First Aid Basics This course offers flexible times and locations (including on site training).
  • First Aid for Everyone provide the 12 hour paediatric first aid course to schools and early years settings using interactive sessions, games, quizzes and more traditional training methods covering aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • First Aid Training Associates (Harlow) This course can be delivered on site at times to suit you.  
  • Just in Case First Aid Training offer a paediatric first aid course for childcare providers. Flexible delivery to meet your requirements, either on site or at an alternative training venue. On completion, successful candidates will be issued with a first aid certificate valid for three years. (Website under construction, please call 020 8224 8652).
  • HTS Training Ltd offer the 12 hour level 2 paediatric first aid course for schools, nurseries and childminders. We can deliver the course at times and locations to suit you.
  • MCG Training We specialise in on site training but can also arrange training venues to suit your needs.
  • Medi Aid (UK) Ltd offer paediatric first aid courses to early years settings/providers. Open courses as well as in-house courses are provided. Flexible delivery to meet requirements, either onsite or at one of our training venues. On completion, successful candidates will be issued with a paediatric first aid certificate valid fo three years.
  • MGM Training This course is delivered on site. We offer evening and weekend courses for no extra cost. Should your premises not be available, we are able to locate a carefully selected venue close by.
  • NEST This course is offered on site and can be delivered flexibly across day time or evening sessions.
  • Paramedic Rescue Services offer the 12 hour paediatric first aid course for groups of up to 25 people. They also offer an online training option for theory modules, thus reducing on-site time.
  • ProTrainings Europe Ltd offer the paediatric first aid course through a national network of instructors. Courses can be taught at a local training room or at your workplace. All students receive a free log in, PDF manual and other downloads, videos and information.
  • Resus Solutions provide the two day (12 hours) paediatric first aid course for those working in the early years foundation stage and required to meet Ofsted standards. Successful delegates receive a paediatric first aid certificate for three years as well as a paediatric first aid book and CPR face shield.
  • Safety 1st This course can be delivered on site during evenings, weekdays or weekends at dates and times convenient to you.
  • Silver Cloud Academy Ltd work with childcare establishments and deliver the 12 hour paediatric first aid course. Training can be delivered Monday through to Sunday.
  • Sole-utions Ltd This course is delivered on site. We can offer a discount for large groups.
  • Spirit Training This course can be delivered on site or at one of our many locations across Surrey. Courses can be delivered during the day, evenings or weekends and over 2 days or 4 shorter sessions. Group discounts are available.
  • St John Ambulance 100 scheduled courses annually at 10 locations across Surrey, weekdays or two consecutive Saturdays. Training at setting premises available at discounted rates.
  • Surrey First Aid Training We offer paediatric training in 11 venues across Surrey for individuals, or group training in your settings for six or more delegates. Courses can be run to fit around your setting including evenings, weekends and Sundays. As your certificate is valid for three years we offer you the opportunity to refresh your skills once a year free of charge.
  • Tailor Made Training Ltd offer the 12 hour paediatric first aid course.
  • Tigerlily Training Limited offer a combined paediatric first aid course. Learners attend a one day practical course then complete an e-learning module in the comfort of their own home.

Other qualifications

You can find out about other qualifications on offer and workshops run by Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service.

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  • Updated: 31 May 2013
  • Stacey Westbrook
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