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Ofsted Requirements For First Aid Courses

At First Aid Bristol we take pride in the quality of all of our first aid courses. For all of our paediatric first aid courses we follow the strict guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Ofqual and Ofsted. All of our courses are Ofqual accredited through Qualsafe.

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What does Ofsted say?

First aid provision must be available at all times that children are cared for either on the childcare premises or off the premises on visits and outings. The registered provider is responsible for ensuring these requirements are met.

At First Aid Bristol the paediatric first aid course is designed for professionals who work with children and infants and is also an informative course for parents.  It follows the syllabus outlined by the Early Learning Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Both the 1 and 2 day paediatric courses will give the candidate a paediatric first aid qualification which lasts for 3 years. The course meets the Ofsted Early years and child register.

For a person registering as a childminder or home child carer the regulations require that:

The applicant has a first aid qualification which is appropriate to the ages of the children for whom childminding is provided and to the nature of the provision.’

For a person registering as a childcare provider the regulations require that:

At least one person caring for children on the premises on which childcare is being provided has a first aid qualification which is appropriate to the ages of the children for whom childcare is

provided and to the nature of the provision.’

Criteria for a Paediatric First Aid Certificate

General first aid certificates that are the normal requirements for employers, although required in work settings, are not sufficient for working with children and babies.
For settings that provide care to children who have not reached puberty child carers should have a paediatric first aid certificate.
For settings that provide care to children who have reached puberty child carers should have an adult first aid certificate.
The certificate should be appropriate to the nature of the child care being provided. (For example, particular types of activities may need specific additional first aid training.)
Training should be designed for workers caring for children in the absence of their parents.
The certificate must be renewed every three years after the date the training was completed.

The HSE no longer regulate the first aid industry, the responsibility now lies with the employer to choose the right first aid provider.  When choosing a first aid trainer employers should check that they are competent to deliver first aid training and have the relevant quality assurance systems in place.

Employers can go to the HSE website and read the full guidelines for employers looking for a first aid training provider

First aid training is available from a wide range of providers who choose to:

  • Offer regulated qualifications; or
  • Operate under voluntary accreditation schemes; or
  • Operate independently of any such accreditation.
  • The training must include sufficient practical training.
  • Resuscitation and other equipment should include baby, and junior models as appropriate.
  • Training should cover appropriate contents of first aid kit.
  • Training should include recording accidents and incidents.
Course structure for our Paediatric first aid courses

  • Responsibilities of the first aider
  • Priorities of treatment
  • The unconscious baby/child
  • Infant and child resuscitation
  • Incident management and reporting
  • Control bleeding and manage shock
  • Choking
  • Treat burns and scalds
  • Head injuries, seizures and febrile convulsions
  • Fractures
  • Recognise and deal with a range of common illnesses/ diseases
  • Asthma and hyperventilation
  • Neck and spinal injuries
  • Poisoning
  • Allergies and anaphylactic shock
  • Extremes of hot and cold
  • Electric shock
  • Bites and stings
  • Eyes, ears and nose
  • Scenarios

How We Work

At First Aid Bristol we take our courses and first aid training very seriously. All of our staff are experienced first aid trainers as well as being fully qualified teachers. This means we can offer the very highest training standards as required by the HSE. We run a variety of different courses that are regulated by Ofqual. This ensures you are guaranteed the very latest in first aid techniques, first aid training material and first aid teaching practices.


The first aid curriculum is constantly changing and we stay at the head of the game by constantly reviewing our practices and in house training. This ensures all of our first aid courses are cutting edge and up to date and your employees will be trained to be the best first aiders they can be.

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As an employer it is now commonplace to have first aid trained staff. This is to guarantee a safe working environment for both your staff and your clients.
Depending on your business there can be very different first aid requirements and to cover these requirements we have various first aid courses to choose from. Please get in touch and we will ensure that the course in question is the right one for you and will cover your legal obligations.


All of our first aid courses comply with the latest guidelines from the Resuscitation Council UK and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidance on First Aid 2016.
We are fully qualified to provide HSE approved qualifications. Our accreditation is through Nuco who provide Ofqual regulated qualifications. We teach in small groups with varied engaging content tailored to be relevant to your specific requirements.

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