Paediatric first aid certificate validity extension

Following the announcement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that an extension to 30 September 2020 can be applied to First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020, where first aiders cannot access requalification training due to coronavirus, the Department for Education has announced the validity of paediatric first aid certificates can also be extended to 30th September 2020.

This advice is now available in two places on These are in section 8.6 in the ‘Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak’ guidance, which can be found at

And in section 6.2 of the Early Years Foundation Stage disapplication guidance published 1 June, which can be found at–2.

The First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF) recently released a statement on the agreed guidelines for first aid delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Highfield has written a guidance document for centres who wish to run first aid courses when it is safe to do so.

More information about what our COVID-19 guidance document includes and where it can be found was covered in our recent blog: Providing safe and socially distanced first aid training during COVID-19

If you are a Highfield centre delivering first aid courses and have questions regarding first aid certificate validity extensions, please contact your account manager.

For anything else, you can contact the team on 01302 363277 or

New Highfield paediatric first-aid qualifications

Highfield Qualifications has launched two new paediatric qualifications to take account of changes and updates to best practice.

The new qualifications, which were launched 1 February 2019, are the Highfield Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) 603/3846/5 and the Highfield Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) 603/3847/7.

Important changes to the Highfield Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) qualification include the removal of criteria specifically covering PPE, first-aid kits and the completion of accident or incident reports.

Changes to the Highfield Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (RQF) qualification include the removal of the same criteria, but with the addition of using a training device autoinjector.

Please note, the new qualifications have different registrations, qualification specifications and assessment paperwork. Centres must ensure they are purchasing or requesting the correct registrations and using the correct corresponding paperwork when delivering the new qualifications.

Any registrations held for the qualifications due to expire can be exchanged for new qualification registrations by your account manager. 

For more information, contact us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or email us at for more information.

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:

  • 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.’

You can also view the update video here: 


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.