We get asked a lot of questions about First Aid, so much so we thought we would put some of the most common questions here to keep people in the know (and make our lives easier in the long run!)
The question I get asked most often is ‘Do we need to have a designated first aider with full First Aid at Work?’
The answer to that is a little bit complicated, but in short – probably not. You can find all the information you require here. The highlights are that if you have less than 25 employees and the site is not high risk (no machinery or chemical based work being carried out) then the minimum requirements are only to have a designated person (to phone the ambulance), a first aid kit and to let your staff know the details. The fact that your nursery will have a number of Paediatric First Aiders actually puts you over and above the requirements for a small setting.
Next up ‘How many qualified First Aiders do I need in my setting?’
The EYFS lays this out as “At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. Providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a paediatric first aider is able to respond to emergencies quickly.”
We also know that Ofsted expect that second part to mean that every area of your nursery will have a qualified First Aider at all times. So the answer is at least one First Aider per area. We recommend more than this – we know what staffing is like, and keeping ratios correct at lunch time and the start and end of the day is tough – why make it more tough by having only a few First Aiders? It is also worth noting that if your whole staff team is qualified in Paediatric First Aid, you will soon be able to apply for Millie’s Mark to show everyone you are going above and beyond to keep the children safe.
Finally, ‘Can I get my training from anywhere?’
No specific trainer has to be used any longer – it is entirely up to you, but it is a good idea to use a company that provides accredited training. In a worst case scenario, you need to know there was nothing more that could have been done to protect the children in your care – for that reason alone we would never recommend (or deliver) training that was not accredited and of the very highest standard. I deliver the First Aid courses for MBK Training, you can find the details here.
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