Early Years students are now trained in paediatric first aid!

Early Years students are now trained in paediatric first aid!

Students from the BTEC Extended National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development have completed a two-day course which covered things such as, how to help a baby or child who:

  • is unresponsive and breathing
  • is unresponsive and not breathing, including the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • is choking
  • is bleeding
  • is burnt or has a scald
  • has an object in their eye, ear or nose
  • has hypothermia or heat exhaustion
  • has sickness or a fever

This course also covers what to do if someone is having a medical emergency, including:

  • meningitis
  • diabetic emergency
  • seizures
  • asthma attack
  • severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock)
  • injury to a bone muscle or joint (including spinal injuries)
  • head injury
  • swallowing something harmful.

Charlotte, Level 3 learner said “this was really enjoyable, it will definitely help me, I feel I would know what to do if a child was to choke in placement for example. This has given me the confidence to be able to deal with such a situation”.

“All early years educators are now required to have a first aid qualification. Partly due to the likes of Millie's Trust which was established following the loss of child in a choking incident at nursery in back in 2012. This course is really beneficial to the learners whilst out on placement, as well as developing their skills towards their employability, professionalism and building their confidence around the children's safety”. Sam MacDonald, Early Years Student Placement Assessor.

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