Press release: Two new qualifications for paediatric first aid

Paediatric First Aid QualificationsTwo 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:

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Training providers will have until 30 June 2017 before the old qualifications are withdrawn and are no longer available to register learners on.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’.Pa

For more information on the new qualifications, go to:  http://www.highfieldabc.com/qualifications/compliance/firstaid2

A full summary of the changes between the old qualifications and the new ones is available here: 

Paediatric PDF Booklet

You can also view the update video here: 

A range of supporting materials is also available from: https://www.highfield.co.uk/products/sector/first-aid/paediatric-first-aid/

Alternatively, contact Highfield on 0845 2260350 or 01302 363277, or email info@highfieldabc.com

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Notes to editors:

  1. 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.

EndeavourUK help children and infants in an emergency

paediatric first aid trainingStaff and child carers at an Essex nursery recently got the opportunity to receive additional paediatric first aid training thanks to one of the region’s leading providers.

Chelmsford-based EndeavourUK, which is a HABC Approved Centre, provided a two-day session to the Buttercup Montessori Kindergarten Galleywood, Chelmsford free of charge as part of a drive to encourage schools and nurseries to go beyond the mandatory minimum of two staff trained to Level 3 in paediatric first aid.

Chris Lucas-Jones, MD of EndeavourUK, said, ‘We believe that the current standards stating the number of paediatric first aid trained staff needed in schools and nurseries is too low. Many do provide a high number of fully trained staff than the standards require, but often the training numbers are limited due to the costs and waiting lists associated with such courses. I personally feel very strongly that such paediatric first aid training is essential in ensuring adequate child care and safety standards for children is maintained, as well as providing increased peace of mind for parents. This is why EndeavourUK is looking to assist in delivering this training to any school or nursery in Essex that would like it on a non-profit basis’.

Natasha Taylor, Principal of Buttercup Montessori Kindergarten Chelmsford, said, ‘It is absolutely essential that the minimum number of first aid paediatrics within a setting should be raised. After today’s intuitive training, EndeavourUK has enabled us to increase our number of qualified first aid paediatric staff from eight to sixteen which will be reassuring and welcomed by many parents’.

Robert Villa, Mayor of Chelmsford, who toured the nursery facilities and experienced a brief taster of the paediatric first aid workshop along with the Mayoress, said, ‘It was extremely inspiring to see the tremendous amount of thought and actions devoted into the health and safety of these babies and young children who attend the nursery every day. I am impressed with EndeavourUK’s non-profit first aid course they are offering to our local nurseries’.

NEW – paediatric first aid qualifications

Paediatric first aidTwo new qualifications are now available from HABC covering the area of paediatric first aid.

The qualifications, the HABC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) (601/3867/1) and the HABC Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (QCF) (601/4251/0), have been designed to replace the previous HABC Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF), which is being discontinued.

Registrations for the Level 2 qualification ceased on 31 August 2014 and HABC Approved Centres have a maximum of 6 weeks from this date to complete their programmes (unless special considerations are applied) and apply for learner certifications. The two new qualifications came into effect from 1 September 2014.

The paediatric first aid qualification is worth 3 credits on the QCF and is typically delivered over 2 days. It contains units covering emergency paediatric first aid and managing paediatric illness, injuries and emergencies.

The emergency paediatric first aid qualification is worth 1 credit on the QCF and can be delivered in just 1 day. It consists of one unit, covering what learners need to know on emergency paediatric first aid.

Both qualifications are assessed through practical demonstrations, as well as written and oral questioning.

If you are not currently approved to deliver paediatric first aid and would like to offer these new qualifications, then please speak to your HABC account manager. If you are currently approved to deliver paediatric first aid, you will be required to complete the first aid declaration, which can be obtained through your HABC account manager.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details. If you are not already a HABC Approved Centre but would be interested in offering these qualifications through HABC, please call us on 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfieldabc.com

HABC Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (QCF)

Fee per registration per candidate
1+ Standard Price £4.75

HABC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)

Fee per registration per candidate
1+ Standard Price £6.00

Working with children? Then our qualifications are changing

working with childrenA number of changes have been introduced to the qualifications HABC offers to those working with children.

The HABC Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF) has had its two paediatric first aid units removed from the mandatory unit group, whilst the HABC Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF) has had the early learning and childcare pathway removed from its structure. Both these changes took effect from 1 September 2014.

Meanwhile, there is a completely new HABC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) and HABC Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (QCF) to replace the current Level 2 qualifications, with effect from 31 August 2014.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details.  If you are not but would be interested in offering these qualifications through HABC, please call us on 01302 263277 or email info@highfieldabc.com.