Training in paediatric first aid will be a legal requirement for all nursery staff in England under government plans announced 12th March 2015
Following a massive campaign and e-petition after the death of a little girl, Millie, at her Nursery in 2012; the Government will legislate that all child carers and nursery workers will need to have a paediatric first aid certificate in order to work with children. Currently only a proportion of staff have to have received first aid training. This is great news and should mean more staff are confident and competent to help with medical emergencies.
Childcare and education minister Sam Gyimah said that “compulsory first aid training for childcarers was a matter of National Importance and today’s 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.”
The new proposals will mean newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification must have an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate – a life-saving change that will add approximately 15,000 additional trained early years professionals to our nurseries and pre-schools each and every year.
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.
Today’s 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.
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 parents.
The government has also announced today (12 March 2015) 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.