First Aid for Schools

First Aid qualifications are not only a legal requirement for some staff in a school but simple first aid skills could potentially save a life. Anyone that takes care of children needs to understand the basics. 

So, what training do staff in a school need?

All staff including teachers, classroom assistants, playground supervisors and kitchen staff should have first aid training and would all benefit from at least a one day course covering both adults and children.

However, when working with 0 - 5 year olds, there is a legal requirement for there ALWAYS to be a member of staff present that holds the Paediatric First Aid (12 hour) certificate as per the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework. This course may also be the most appropriate for staff working with older children. 

Also, by law, as a place of work, there should be staff trained in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) or First Aid at Work (FAW) that can administer first aid to ADULTS on site. Please see the HSE First Aid at Work page for course information. 

Schools may also benefit from Epipen training and Outdoor First Aid training or Forest Schools training for off site school trips and visits. 

Please contact us to discuss possible course combinations and additions to ensure that all your requirements are covered. Often Schools require training on adults, children, Epipen the outdoors AND first aid in the workplace so we can discuss the best way of doing this!

Guidance for First Aid for Schools is provided by the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE). 

 

Paediatric First Aid (OFSTED) - 2 days / 12 hours

Qualification: ITC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)

This course is a legal requirement as per the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework for anyone working with 0 - 5 year olds. It is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification (previously Level 2) found on the QCF, regulated by Ofqual and is ideal for child minders, primary and nursery school teachers, pre-school staff and nannies. Also the course of choice for older children covering babies and children up to the age of puberty.

Click HERE to download the full course information sheet. 


Emergency First Aid for Schools (INSET) - 1 day / 4 - 8 hours 

Qualification: Accredited by ITC First - 3 year certificate 

A one day course covering essential first aid for both children and adults, ideal for teachers, classroom assistants, playground supervisors, and kitchen staff. Your next INSET/training day would be an ideal opportunity to gain a some essential first aid skills.

Click HERE to download the full course information sheet.

Alternatively, a 7 - 8 hour INSET day course could include the 6 hour Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification to cover adults and the legal requirements of a workplace, with the additional time used to cover first aid for children.

 

Basic Life Support - 1/2 day / 3 hours

Qualification: Accredited by ITC First - 3 year certificate

A short course covering essential basic life support for adults and children.  Includes basic incident management, recovery position, CPR and choking. 

Click HERE to download the full course information sheet.

 

CPR & Epipen Training - 1/2 day / 3 hours

Qualification: Accredited by ITC First - 3 year certificate 

A short 3 hour course covering CPR for adults and children, allergic reactions, anaphylaxis and how and when to use an Epipen. This can be delivered as a stand alone course or additional time can be added to other courses to cover anaphylaxis and Epipen training.

Click HERE to download the full course information sheet.

 

Forest Schools First Aid - 2 days / 16 hours

Qualification: Accredited by ITC First - 3 year certificate

This fun, practical two day course is specific to the forest school setting with a focus on first aid situations and scenarios that you may come across during outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment. Designed specifically for the forest school practitioner, this qualification is a must for all Level 3 Practitioners and those supporting Level 3 Practitioners.

Click HERE to download the full course information sheet. 

 

Outdoor First Aid - 2 days / 16 hours

Qualification: ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid SCQF Level 5 (SQA)

A fun, practical course designed specifically for those who spend time in the outdoors through recreational, voluntary or work related activities. Ideal for those that work with groups in both urban and remote environments, this qualification is suitable for many National Governing Body instructor awards such as Mountain Leaders, Climbing Instructors, Ski/Snowboarding Instructors, Mountain Guides, Canoe and Kayak Instructors, Mountain Bike Instructors, Sailing Instructors, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leaders, Orienteers and many more.

This is the ONLY Outdoor First Aid qualification on a national qualification framework and also comes with an additional, optional Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification.

Click HERE to download the full course information sheet.