Paediatric First Aid Course (face2face)

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Our 12 hour (Ofqual/EYFS Statutory Framework compliant) Paediatric First Aid course is the course that you’ll need to undertake to be included in the required staff to child ratios at level 2 or level 3 within an nursery, school, etc.

It’s available as:

The choice is yours!

Not sure if this course is right for you? Read our FAQ page which we’ve written to help you decide which course is right for you.


Paediatric First Aid Course (face2face)

If you’re interested in paediatric first aid, you’re probably aware of the changes that the changes that Ofsted & the ISI are bringing in from September 2021 for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings, such as nurseries and primary schools.

What you may not know is that from May 2021 (& for the next 5 years), the European Resuscitation Council & the Resuscitation Council UK 2021 guidelines both state that those up to 18 years of age should now have paediatric first aid administered to them, rather than “adult” first aid. (Prior to 2021, children from puberty (i.e. 12yo) and older were treated as adults in terms of first aid.) Naturally this is something that all secondary schools, etc now need to take into account when reviewing their First Aid Needs Assessment, which must be done annually as a minimum.

This level 3, 12 hour Ofqual & ISI EYFS Statutory Framework compliant Paediatric First Aid (PFA) course is one of the two possible courses that you’ll need to undertake to be included within staff:child ratios at level 2 or level 3.

We run these courses as either fully face to face or blended learning (part online, part face to face). Both routes can lead to an Ofqual accredited certificate (issued by Qualifications Network UK), or certified by ourselves. Both certificates are equally valid in terms of insurance. The main differences are in the exams & cost involved in the Ofqual accredited certificate. Aside from that you wouldn’t notice any difference in the course content or practical assessment.

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Course syllabus includes:

  • Health & Safety legislation with regards to first aid
  • Understanding the role & responsibility of the first-aider, including:
    • managing incidents
    • gathering & using available equipment
    • the importance of preventing cross infection
    • the need for recording incidents and actions
  • First aid kits & their contents
  • How to assess an emergency situation in order to act safely, promptly and effectively
  • Recognising & administering first aid to a casualty who is/has;
    • unresponsive & breathing normally (recovery position)
    • unresponsive & not breathing normally (CPR & use of Defibrillator)
    • the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest
    • choking
    • wounded and bleeding
    • small cuts, grazes and bruises
    • small splinters (all first aiders can remove splinters, but those who work for LEA schools can’t under LEA guidelines)
    • minor burns and scalds
    • having a seizure
    • suffering medical shock
    • injuries to eyes, bones, muscles, joints & chest
    • suspected head or spinal injuries
    • bites & stings
    • foreign bodies in the ears, eyes or nose
    • sudden poisoning
    • asthma
    • diabetes
    • suffering anaphylactic shock
    • an electric shock
    • suffering the effects of extreme heat or cold
    • having febrile convulsions
    • meningitis


There are two options available for the paediatric first aid course. Ultimately there is no difference in the validity of either, but some people prefer to choose one other the other. You will see the same presentation, be assessed on the same practical skills & to the same degree, but sit different multiple choice exam papers at the end of the course.

  • Certified by Chris Garland Training:
    • This is the default option.
    • PDF format certificates are issued as standard, but paper certificates can be requested as well.
    • Your certificate is valid for 3 years.
  • Certified by the Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation:
    • If you’d prefer this option, please select this option when making your booking above.
    • PDF format certificates are issued as standard, but paper certificates can be requested as well.
    • Your certificate is valid for 3 years.

Course duration:

  • The DfE & Ofsted state that for the course to be valid, your course must be a minimum of 12 hours in total duration. This includes the time allowed for the assessments and exam, but does not include for any coffee breaks.
  • Minimum of 12 guided learning hours with a further 4 hours self study.
  • Generally we run these courses from 9.30am until 5pm.


  • Whether certified by Chris Garland Training or the Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation that we use, the paediatric first aid assessments are the basically the same. Each candidate undertakes a multiple-choice question paper & practical assessment.
  • Multiple-Choice Question paper:
    • You need to score a minimum of 70% correct answers to achieve a pass.
  • Practical observation:
    • You’ll need to demonstrate giving first aid as you would in an emergency situation, such as providing CPR on the floor. You need to score 100% to achieve a pass.


  • You’ll need to be able to demonstrate first aid procedures as you would in a real activity environment. This includes providing CPR to a casualty who is on the floor. So you must be physically capable of doing this to pass the course.
  • We recommend that you have at least GCSE grade D/Level 1 English & Maths before undertaking this course. This is not mandatory – please contact us to discuss any reasonable adjustments to accommodate your needs.
  • The course is suitable for anyone over 16 looking to undertake the responsibilities associated with being a nominated first aider. The course can also be undertaken by candidates between 14 & 16 years old, but they shouldn’t be relied upon by employers to be a sole, nominated first aider.


  • All classroom courses have a minimum and maximum number of candidates that we can take on a course.
    • Minimum: We need a minimum of 4 candidates on an open/scheduled course for the course to run. Click here for more details.
    • Maximum: We are limited by the Health & Safety Executive, and (where applicable) by the Awarding Organisation, to a maximum of 12 candidates per instructor.
  • Should you have more than 12 candidates to be trained, please contact us to discuss your training needs.

Geographical coverage:

  • The paediatric first aid course is available to candidates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • We can deliver it in other countries, but the protocols that we teach meet the current UK practice, protocols & guidance.


  • Scheduled paediatric first aid courses run at our training centre in Knutsford, Cheshire. Visit our Joining Instructions page to read about what you will need to bring/wear, etc.
  • If you have chosen the blended learning option, you’ll need to attend our training centre to complete the face to face element of the course. Where a private booking has been made for multiple candidates using the blended learning option, please contact us to discuss holding the practical element of the course at your venue.
  • Why not arrange to have a private face to face course run at your workplace? Simply fill in our quote builder tool to request a quotation.

Joining instructions:

Private courses:

  • To arrange a private course for yourself or your colleagues, please fill in our Quote Builder tool.
Paediatric First Aid Course (face2face)

4 reviews for Paediatric First Aid Course (face2face)

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  1. Marie Guinness (verified owner)

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    Good value .

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  2. ChrisGarland (store manager)


    Following feedback from the staff who attended our recent Paediatric First Aid course I just wanted to pass on their comments.

    They said the course was very possibly the best 1st aid training they had undertaken in many years and that the instructor, Jayne, was fantastic – informative, helpful and made the staff feel at ease. I know that all too often people are very quick to complain when something is not right, but often don’t acknowledge when something is done well – so thanks again, both to you and Jayne!.

    Kind regards

    Dodleston Pre-school.

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  3. Jude (verified owner)

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    The cost per person was very competitive

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  4. ChrisGarland (store manager)

    Recent reviews collected directly after the course:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Excellent course!”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “I’d highly recommend this course to a friend or colleague.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Perfect!”

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