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Level 3 Award in Paediatric 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 2 single credit units with 10 guided learning hours per unit (6 hour course, 4 hours self directed study at home). This will be achieved over a 2 day period.



Designed for


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. The Level 2 Award contains a unit that appears in a number of qualifications offered by other awarding organisations. Therefore the unit can be transferred to these qualifications.



Entry requirements


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.



Requalification requirements


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. This is in line with the guidance from Ofsted. It is also recommended that the learners undertake an annual refresher on the main points of First Aid, however, this is not mandatory and does not form part of the QCF unit qualification.



Trainer ratio



With a Minimum of 1 baby and 1 junior manikin for every 4 learners



Specific equality issues related 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.



Assessment methods


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



Assessment criteria



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.


Unconscious Casualty---

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.


Management of Fractures, Dislocations and Neck/Spinal injury---

The learner must demonstrate the management and treatment of fractures, Dislocations and Neck/Spinal injuries. The learner should be assessed in the use of support slings, elevated sling and manual in line Stabilisation (MILS). The learner must perform the skill without the assistance from a third party.
















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