Two new qualifications for paediatric first aid have been launched in response to recent changes to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) syllabus in England.
The introduction of the new qualifications from Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) comes after a Department for Education consultation in 2016 showed there was sector-wide support for newly qualified early years staff to hold a current paediatric first-aid qualification.
The two new qualifications from Highfield, which sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), are:
- HABC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (EFP) (RQF) – 603/0906/4
- HABC Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA) (RQF) – 603/0907/6
Among the key changes in both qualifications is the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), meaning a new requirement for training providers to have access to the appropriate equipment. Also, the PFA qualification includes among its changes a focus on fractures instead of dislocations, sprains and strains, while the EPFA qualification now covers minor injuries but not anaphylaxis (which remains in the PFA).
While the existing qualifications do meet the updated syllabus, the new qualifications align more closely with it. New staff will be given a three-month period upon beginning employment to complete either a paediatric first-aid or emergency paediatric first-aid qualification.
Training providers will have until 30 June 2017 before the old qualifications are withdrawn and are no longer available to register learners on.
Jason Sprenger, Highfield’s Chief Executive, said, ‘As a result of the government’s review we have introduced a completely new suite of qualifications that will give employers staff who are compliant with the new statutory framework requirements, while allowing early years’ providers to give parents confidence and reassurance.’
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Notes to editors:
- Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations and winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including retail, health and social care, rail, food safety, security, catering and hospitality, and logistics.