Course: ITC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF), 12 hours

Paediatric first aid training is required by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework and Ofsted for all primary schools, nurseries and early years providers (those dealing with the under 8’s)

This qualification is designed for workers caring for children in the absence of their parents. It meets Ofsted requirements for those working in early years settings and uses the criteria for effective paediatric first aid training found in Appendix 1 of The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Practice Guidance document.

Who for?

Pre-school staff, nursery staff, play workers, children centre staff, teachers, holiday camp workers, parent and toddler group volunteers, child minders and nannies, foster carers, au pairs, mother’s helpers, babysitters, community workers and parents/other adult family members.

Students working towards an NVQ in Childcare and Education

This course focuses on how to give first aid to children and infants and covers caring for children in the absence of their parents.

Course duration: 12 hours (normally over 2 days)

Accreditation and recognition

  • The ITC Paediatric First Aid award is approved by Ofqual and is on the National Qualification Framework (Qualification number 601/3327/2).
  • This qualification is designed to provide essential paediatric life saving skills and paediatric incident management.

Topics include:

planning for and dealing with first aid emergencies involving babies and children including, CPR, shock, anaphylactic shock, electric shock, bleeding, burns and scalds, choking, suspected fractures, head, neck and back injuries, poisoning, foreign bodies in eyes, ears and noses, eye injuries, bites and stings, effects of extreme heat and cold, febrile convulsions, chronic medical conditions, including epilepsy, asthma, sickle cell anaemia and diabetes, meningitis and other serious sudden illness.

Assessment and certification

  • The course is assessed by continual observation of candidate performance.
  • Certificates from ITC First are valid for three years and are awarded if candidates successfully complete and pass the course.


Course Content: Paediatric First Aid

Recognising and dealing with the following in babies and children:

  • Airway and breathing problems
  • choking and drowning – resuscitation
  • cpr and use of AEDs
  • bleeding and shock
  • anaphylactic shock
  • electric shock
  • burns and scalds
  • suspected fractures
  • head, neck and back injuries
  • poisoning
  • foreign bodies in eyes, ears and noses of babies and children
  • bites and stings
  • effects of extreme heat and cold
  • febrile convulsions
  • chronic medical conditions, including epilepsy, asthma, sickle cell anaemia and diabetes
  • meningitis and other serious sudden illness
  • record keeping and action plans

Package includes:

  • Interactive practical, hands on training
  • Professional trainer(s)
  • Two CPR training manikins (one child, one baby sized) per two participants
  • Comprehensive and easy to follow manual
  • A recognised Ofqual accredited certificate valid for 3 years

Trainers are experienced professionals – chosen for their skills as a trainer and with experience of young children or working in schools or similar. All trainers have an enhanced DBS disclosure. They have an active interest in First Aid training and an understanding of the specific requirements of the child care industry.



This certificate is revalidated by attending another 12-hour paediatric first aid course within 3 years.