First Aid requirements for Schools and Nurseries

Schools and Nurseries need to be compliant with both HSE and Ofsted EYFS requirements (or equivalent criteria if they are not subject to Ofsted approval).

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 set out first-aid provision in the work place, and require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and qualified first-aid personnel.

The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) recommends that organisations such as schools, which provide a service for others, should include such other individuals in risk assessments and provide for them. Schools should therefore consider the likely risks to staff, pupils and visitors, and make allowances for them when drawing up policies and deciding on the numbers of first-aid personnel. Most schools will have first-aid arrangements in place but it is strongly recommended that all schools should develop their own first-aid policies and procedures based on an assessment of local need. Schools will need to assess numbers of first-aid personnel, equipment, accommodation and recording and reporting arrangements.

All staff must be informed of the first-aid arrangements: the location of equipment, facilities and first-aid personnel, and the procedures for monitoring and reviewing the school’s first-aid needs.

For legal purposes you need to be able to prove that you have made appropriate first aid provision for your organisation. From the HSE perspective, there should be at least one person available at all times (per 50 employees) who is trained with an HSE qualification. For up to 50 employees this can be a one day EFAW qualification (ideally tailored to schools including child first aid, heart attack, head injuries and anaphylaxis in addition to the EFAW HSE syllabus). For more than 50 employees you should have 3 day FAW qualifications with EFAW staff supporting them.

For the EYFS and Ofsted requirements you should have at least one 12 hour full paediatric first aid qualified member of staff available at all times including cover for sickness, holidays and trips. The 12 hour paediatric first aid trained staff can be supported by one day Emergency Paediatric First Aid trained staff.

This is also the criteria for Nurseries looking to qualify for Millie’s Mark.

The 12 hour full paediatric qualification can be a full 2 days in the classroom or a blended option – with 6 hours pre-learning online and 6 hours as a practical course.

It is a good idea to upskill as many additional staff as possible with a 3 hour First Aid for Schools course.

For our next full day scheduled EFAW, Emergency Paediatric or 12 hour blended Paediatric first aid qualifications, please check out our scheduled courses page.

For the HSE qualifications we run a fully regulated and approved 3 day blended First Aid at Work course. This will be suitable as a 3 day blended with the pre-learning online, or as the 2 day FAW re-qualification, with just the practical days alone. The course will be tailored to schools and nurseries and will include adult and child first aid. These courses book up extremely fast, but we can add additional dates or organise bespoke courses if need be.

Any of our courses can be bespoke group courses for your organisations.

For more information and supporting documents please click here.

We also offer first aid for children and teenagers. Our trainers are all highly experienced medical and emergency services professionals and engaging knowledgeable teachers to adults and children.

What Schools say about our training:

I came across First Aid for Life when searching for a course provider who could deliver on-site Emergency First Aid at Work training. From A to B the process was as straightforward and manageable as I’d hoped. The training was first rate – the feedback from the course delegates was all good – content delivered was easy to digest and all that attended now had the confidence to act in an emergency if necessary.

Chris Mason

Albermarle Independent College

Emma’s training session covering allergies, asthma, seizures and sickle cell for our large staff body was perfect. It was a great blend of theory and practice, which weaved in some compelling stories about the consequences of not getting your medical provision right. We would highly recommend her to any organisations looking to ensure its medical provision is exemplary.

Rob HitchHarris Academy South Norwood

First Aid for Life run a variety of courses covering adult and child First Aid in a school setting: Paediatric First Aid covering the full Ofsted syllabus, the Fully Regulated Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) tailored to Schools and a short 3 hour Emergency First Aid for Schools course covering CPR, choking, asthma, head injuries, minor and major bleeds, fitting and other common medical emergencies in a school setting.

We are happy to arrange bespoke courses on any topics and cover specific illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and acute allergic reaction.

Individuals can attend our scheduled courses in London or we will run group courses throughout the UK.

We also specialise in teaching first aid to pupils in school

Our website contains a wide range of free resources including posters on head injuries, which are available on request.


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