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CACHE Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)

Course code:

Paediatric First Aid

Exam Board

CACHE Council for Award Children’s Care and Education

Entry Requirements:

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. This course is designed to give learners vital life skills and training you need to look after the welfare of an infant/child in the event of emergency situations. Our course is ideal for any one working with children in a childcare setting environment or parents or within a domestic environment. Those attending the course will gain the confidence and a range of skills so that you ‘know what to do’ in a first aid or emergency situation involving a child.

Participants will become familiar with the theory and the skills needed to deliver First Aid specific to children and babies.

In England, EYFS guidelines amendments Sept 2014 for child carers state that first-aid training must:

  • Cater for practitioners caring for children in the absence of their parents 
  • be a minimum of 12 hours 
  • cover what to include in a first-aid kit for babies and children demonstrate resuscitation techniques using models of babies and children, and give practitioners a chance
  • to practice on models of each age group 
  • include how to record accidents and incidents appropriately.

The EYFS also states that providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a paediatric first aider is available at all times and able to respond to emergencies quickly. Therefore, our Paediatric First Aid course is designed to meet all Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) needs in compliance with OFSTED.  QCF qualification number 601/3245/0.

How is it assessed?

Practical assessment is carried out by the tutor throughout the course and further includes the completion of theory/oral questions throughout the training. There is no final exam.

Course content consists of two parts:

Unit 1: Emergency Paediatric First Aid

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider
  • Be able to assess an emergency situation safely
  • Be able to provide first aid for an infant and a child who is unresponsive and breathing normally/not breathing normally
  • Be able to provide first aid for an infant and a child who has a foreign body airway obstruction or has external bleeding
  • Understand how to provide first aid to an infant and a child with anaphylaxis or who is suffering from shock

Unit 2: Managing paediatric illness, injuries and emergencies

  • Be able to administer first aid to an infant and a child with injuries to bones, joints, muscles, head and spinal injuries
  • Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
  • Understand how to administer emergency first aid to an infant and a child with a chronic medical condition or sudden illness
  • Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child who is experiencing the effects of extreme heat or cold
  • Understand how to administer first aid to an infant and a child who has sustained an electric shock, burns or scalds, has been poisoned, has been bitten or stung, minor injuries
  • Understand how to complete records relating to illnesses, injuries and emergencies