First Aid and Covid19


Check your first aid qualifications now! Don’t get caught out.

Due to Covid-19 and the difficulty some people were having accessing practical first aid training. The HSE, DfES, Ofsted and EYFS had all given extensions to HSE and Ofsted/EYFS paediatric qualifications until the end of September 2020.

Our ‘covid-safe’, socially distanced courses are booking up extremely fast because of this, so act fast and book now!


Why learn First Aid?


Not only is First Aid an invaluable skill and helps demonstrate your duty of care; it is also a legal requirement to ensure that all businesses – including sole traders, have appropriate first aid provision in place.

It is vital to ensure your first aid qualifications remain current and that you continue to comply with your statutory and legal requirements for businesses, schools and nurseries

The HSE supports the use of online refresher training to keep skills up to date. For first aiders that has proved a convenient, comprehensive, option during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

During Lockdown, we were proud to provide all the online first aid training for McDonalds, throughout UK and Ireland. They have been extremely pleased with this way of refreshing their learning and continue to work with us.

The HSE still require regulated FAW and EFAW initial qualifications and re-qualifications are face to face, so that student competency of the practical elements can be properly assessed. However, they are happy to support blended learning of HSE qualifications, with pre-learning online for theoretical elements, consequently reducing the amount of time in the classroom and offering a more concise and convenient way of learning.

To read our overview of the new EYFS Guidance for Paediatric first aid, click here.

For a run-down of HSE responsibilities and the First Aid at Work and the law, click here.


First aid cover and qualifications during the Covid-19 outbreak


First Aid at Work - what do we need to do?


The following information regarding qualification extensions and First Aid during Covid-19 is from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

If first aid cover for your business is lacking because of coronavirus or you can’t get the first aid training you need, there are some things you can do so that you still comply with the law.

You should review your first aid needs assessment and decide if you can still provide the cover needed for the workers that are present and the activities that they are doing.


Keep enough first aid cover

If fewer people are coming into your workplace it may still be safe to operate with minimal first aid cover. You could also stop higher-risk activities.


Share first aid cover with another business

You could share the first aiders of another business, but ensure that they have the knowledge, experience and availability to cover the first aid needs of your business.

Shared first aiders must:

  • be aware of the type of injuries or illnesses that you identified in your first aid needs assessment and have the training and skills to address them
  • know enough about your work environment and its first aid facilities
  • be able to get to the workplace quickly (within 3 minutes of a cardiac arrest to give someone the best chance of survival)


Whoever provides temporary cover must make sure that this does not adversely affect their own first aid cover.


All first aid certificate extensions expire at the end of September 2020


Annual refresher training


If first aiders are unable to access annual refresher training face to face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, HSE supports the use of online refresher training to keep their skills up to date.


Interrupted first aid training


If because of coronavirus you cannot complete training for your first aid qualification within the usual timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:

  • there is a full recap of the training before the interruption  before moving onto undelivered modules
  • the awarding body is content that you can show:
    • a full understanding of all aspects of the course content
    • the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training



How we can help


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First Aid for Life and can help with all your first aid training.

First Aid for life is a fully regulated first aid training provider. Approved through Qualsafe Awards to provide Ofqual and HSE first aid training. We provide ‘covid-safe’ socially distanced first aid training to schools, nurseries, health and sports professionals, businesses and individuals across the UK. Offering innovative approaches to the challenges faced during Covid19 to help you meet your legal requirements.

First Aid for Life operates to the very highest standards of hygiene, health and safety to ensure the safety of all our staff and customers. We deliver our training according to the latest Government and Public Health England advice and guidance.  Adhering to social distancing, extra hygiene and infection control measures & incorporating new training techniques accordingly.

Our multi-award-winning, online first aid courses (through are ideal to help you prove you are undertaking your ‘best endeavours’ to gain the appropriate first aid training for your organisation. 

First Aid for Life is fully regulated through Qualsafe Awards to provide blended first aid training fulfilling HSE and Ofsted requirements for your organisation.

Our practical courses are ‘Covid safe’. You can read in full the procedures in place to operate to the very tightest infection control and social distancing measures by clicking here.

Our socially distanced open courses are booking up fast with loads of people needing essential training as they return to work – we are adding new dates all the time, so please keep checking our site. For bespoke, group courses, or help choosing the course which is right for you, please email Open courses take place at our training room in London. For bespoke group courses, our trainers can travel to wherever you need us.



About us


First Aid for Life provide award-winning first aid training tailored to your needs. Please visit our site and learn more about our practical and online courses. It is vital to keep your skills current and refreshed. We provide outstanding, socially distanced first aid courses for individuals and groups across the UK. In addition, we have a great range of online courses. These are ideal as refreshers for regulated qualifications or as Appointed Person qualifications.


You can attend a fully regulated Practical or Online First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency. Please visit or call 0208 675 4036 for more information about our courses.


First Aid for Life is a multi-award-winning, fully regulated first aid training provider. Our trainers are highly experienced medical, health and emergency services professionals who will tailor the training to your needs. Courses for groups or individuals at our venue or yours.


First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. In conclusion, we are not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions based on this information.

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