All newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification will be required to have an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate under new Government proposals.
Childcare and Education Minister, Sam Gyimah said: “As a parent myself, I know that every single mum and dad wants the confidence that those tasked with caring for their child have the right training should the absolute worst happen.
“The proposals will mean that thousands more staff will be able to respond to emergencies more quickly, making sure parents really can access the very best possible childcare choices for their families.”
He added: “Not only will this help ensure children are safe while they learn, grow and develop, but it will also raise the quality and skills of the early years workforce to help them deal with day-to-day first aid issues, such as allergies and knowing when to call for emergency services.”
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance also backed the decision to require all new early years practitioners to undertake paediatric first aid training, saying: “The safety and welfare of the children in our care is the first and foremost priority of all childcare providers, and Joanne and Dan Thompson are to be congratulated for the role that Millie’s Trust has played in bringing about such a positive, significant change.”
He added: “The next step is to ensure that early years providers are fully supported in meeting these new requirements.
“Over recent years, there has been a sharp decline in the availability of local authority support and this, along with historic funding shortfalls, is likely to pose a challenge for providers seeking to ensure that they adhere to these new requirements. As such, we look forward to hearing more from Government on how it will be working with the sector to ensure the successful implementation of these proposals.”
The Government has also announced that it is extending a special deal enabling schools to buy life-saving defibrillator machines at reduced prices to all early years settings, including holiday and out-of-school providers.
Defibrillators are easy-to-use machines that could mean the difference between life and death for a child suffering from cardiac arrest. The machines work by delivering a controlled electric shock to the heart through sticky pads placed on the chest. The shocks interrupt the irregular heart rhythm that characterizes a cardiac arrest, causing it to return to normal.
The British Red Cross offer first aid training for every need, the most popular training course is First Aid for Baby and Child and the Paediatric First Aid training course (formerly First Aid for Child Carers) is designed for people caring for children in any setting. It is suitable for au pairs, nannies, childminders, nursery and pre-school workers, sport and leisure staff, crèche leaders, parents and anyone responsible for the welfare of children.
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