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Level 3 Award in Paediatric Emergency First Aid
Aim of qualification
To enable learners to attain the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with a range of emergency first aid situations. Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective first aid in emergency situations with an understanding of the role of the first aider
Structure of qualification
This qualification comprised of a 1 single credit unit with 10 guided learning hours (6 hour course, 4 hours self directed study at home). This is a 1 day course.
People who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to provide First Aid to children (including babies) when dealing with an emergency situation. Please note that this qualification does not fulfil Ofsteds requirements for early years teachers, nursery workers and child minders. The longer level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid is designed for that purpose.
There are no formal entry requirements but in order to benefit from learning, learners should posses communication skills sufficient to allow them to address the assessment requirements of the qualification.
The Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work is only valid for a period of 3 years, within which time the learner will have to retake the course and assessment in order to remain qualified. It is regarded as best practice for those holding first aid qualifications to undertake annual refresher training, this does not however form part of a QCF unit or qualification.
Trainer to learner ratio
With a Minimum of 1 baby and 1 junior manikin for every 4 learners
Specific equality issues relevant to this qualification
By neccessity, First Aid qualifications require the learner to be assessed performing practical tasks such as CPR to pass the assessment, the learner must demonstrate the required practical skills.
When choosing who should become a first aider in the workplace, the HSE provide the following advice for employers;
When selecting someone to take up the role of a first aider, a number of factors need to be taken into account, including an individual's
(a) reliability, disposition and communication skills;
(b) aptitude and ability to absorb new knowledge and learn new skills;
(c) ability to cope with stressful and physically demanding emergency procedures;
(d) normal duties. These should be such that they may be left to go immediatly and rapidly to an emergency.
There a two methods of assessment to be used to ensure that the learners have gained the required knowledge, skills
and understanding relating to EFAW;
Practical Assessment- this is observed by the trainer throughout the course, with the results of each learning outcome recorded
Theoretical Assessment- this consists of a multiple choice written paper
The learner must demonstrate CPR on a resucitation manikin on the floor. If the learner has difficulty kneeling on the floor, they may practise with a manmikin on a table or chair if it is safe to do so. Padding may be provided to kneel on. In real life of course, the casualty is likely to fall on the floor, so the learner must demonstrate CPR at least once with the manikin on the floor. Padding such as a folded coat may be provided to kneel on during the assessment.
The learner must demonstrate the treatment of an unconscious casualty who is on the floor. The learner
does not necessarily have to kneel on the floor to achieve this, but must perform the required skills without the assistance from a third party.
Wounds Bleeding and Shock---
The learner must demonstrate the treatment of bleeding including the application of a bandage and shocked casualty positioning. The learner must perform the skill without assistance from a third party.
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