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Highfield Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

Highfield Awarding Organisation

Accidental injuries are the most common cause of death in children over one year of age and can result in permanent disability and disfigurement. Because most accidents are preventable, knowing what to do if an accident occurs can save a life.

The national standards for first aid in childcare settings state that ‘at least one person who has a current paediatric first-aid certificate must be on the premises at all times when children are present’. In addition, at least one person with a current paediatric first aid certificate must accompany every outing.

Who should complete the course?

Paediatric First Aid is for those people working in nurseries, schools and childcare settings, but of course it will also be useful for anyone who has responsibility for caring for infants or children.

Aims

To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to deal with a range of paediatric illnesses and injuries to keep the infants and/or children in your care safe and well.

Outcomes

Learners will develop the skills and knowledge needed to deal with a range of paediatric first aid situations, including assessing an emergency, dealing with an unresponsive infant or child, CPR, choking, meningitis, head and spinal injuries, anaphylaxis, asthma and more.

Course Content

Course Content

This qualification is composed of two units:

Unit 1 – Paediatric Emergency First Aid

At the end of the course, the delegate will have the skills to know:

  • about the role of the paediatric first aider
  • how to deal with emergencies
  • how to manage an unconscious casualty
  • how to manage a casualty who is not breathing normally
  • how to manage a casualty who is choking
  • how to manage a casualty who is in shock
  • how to manage a casualty who has a bleeding wound

It also provides the delegate with the opportunity to practise the skills they would need to give first aid to an infant or child who might be:

  • unconscious
  • not breathing
  • choking
  • bleeding from a wound and in shock

Unit 2 – Managing Paediatric Illness and Injury

At the end of the course, the delegate will have the skills to know:

  • how to deal with chronic medical condition and sudden illness
  • how to deal with the effects of extreme heat and cold
  • how to manage a casualty with suspected fracture and dislocation
  • how to manage a casualty with head, neck or spinal injury
  • how to deal with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
  • how to deal with electric shock
  • how to deal with burns and scalds
  • how to deal with poisoning
  • how to deal with bites and stings
  • the requirements of records and reporting

It also provides the delegate with the opportunity to practise the skills they would need to administer first aid to an infant or child who:

  • requires a support sling
  • requires an elevation sling
  • has a suspected spinal injury

Duration

2 days N.B. It is a mandatory requirement that delegates should be requalified every 3 years.

Assessment

Practical observation – The practical assessment is completed throughout the course delivery. This ongoing assessment will involve learners demonstrating practical first aid skills. Oral questioning – Delegates must provide a short response to set questions and successfully complete a multiple-choice paper.

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