Why we should all put children’s safety first

The Training Journal is reporting that there is a clear gap between the need for knowledge and the lack of first aid training for parents of under-5s.

A recent study conducted by a number of credible sources revealed that, although 65 per cent of parents say the thought of their child needing immediate first aid intervention makes them feel worried, 70 per cent of mums and dads in the UK lack first aid skills that would allow them to help their child in a medical emergency.

For nursery settings and pre-schools, to meet the current legislation requirements, only one paediatric first aid trained member of staff is needed on-site, no matter how many children are in their care at the time.

It wasn’t until the tragic death of nine-month-old Millie Thompson in 2012, and the following review by the Department for Education, that this legislation was scrutinised. Due to the relentless campaigning by her parents, Dan and Jane, new regulations, due to come into effect from September 2016, will mean that all new recruits who hold a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in Childcare must present an Emergency Paediatric First Aid or a full Paediatric First Aid certificate if they are to count towards the staff/qualification ratios under the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). 

The change in legislation has been widely welcomed by parents, as additional qualified staff can only improve the quality of care offered by childcare practitioners. But what happens when an emergency occurs outside of the nursery setting?

By launching our new campaign, Child Safety First, we aim to equip thousands of additional adults, be it parents, grandparents, carers or childcare practitioners, with the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver the right treatment quickly and efficiently should the situation ever arise, potentially saving several lives each year.

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Should more be done to ensure the safety of under-5s in the UK today? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie

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  1. thiskidsthinkin

    The primary school where I work has every classroom assistant trained in first aid. Makes sense that everyone working with children directly is qualified to help in an emergency.

  2. Alan OSullivan

    in the interests of best practice, it should surely be the case that anybody responsible for any form of professional child care, should be first aid qualified.

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