Update to EYFS Paediatric First Aid

The revised Early Years Foundation Stage(EYFS) was published on 3 March 2017 and comes into force on 3 April 2017. The revised EYFS is available here.

The revised EYFS includes the new paediatric first aid (PFA) training requirements that were announced in July 2016 via the government response to the PFA consultation, including that all newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce with a level 2 or 3 qualification must also have either a full Paediatric First Aid or Paediatric Emergency First Aid certificate within 3 months of starting work.

Annex A of the EYFS lists the requirements of both the PFA and PEFA qualifications.

The emergency PFA course should be undertaken face-to-face and last for aminimum of 6 hours (excluding breaks) and cover the following areas:
  • Be able to assess an emergency situation and prioritise what action to take
  • Help a baby or child who is unresponsive and breathing normally
  • Help a baby or child who is unresponsive and not breathing normally
  • Help a baby or child who is having a seizure.
  • Help a baby or child who is choking
  • Help a baby or child who is bleeding
  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from shock caused by severe blood loss (hypovolemic shock)
The full PFA course should last for a minimum of 12 hours (excluding breaks) and cover the areas set out in the Paediatric Emergency First Aid course as well as the following areas:
  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from anaphylactic shock
  • Help a baby or child who has had an electric shock
  • Help a baby or child who has burns or scalds
  • Help a baby or child who has a suspected fracture
  • Help a baby or child with head, neck or back injuries
  • Help a baby or child who is suspected of being poisoned
  • Help a baby or child with a foreign body in eyes, ears or nose
  • Help a baby or child with an eye injury
  • Help a baby or child with a bite or sting
  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from the effects of extreme heat or cold
  • Help a baby or child having: a diabetic emergency; an asthma attack; an allergic reaction; meningitis; and/or febrile convulsions
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider (including appropriate contents of a first aid box and the need for recording accidents and incidents)
Child Care Providers should also consider whether paediatric first aiders need to undertake annual refresher training, during any three year certification period to help maintain basic skills and keep up to date with any changes to PFA procedures.

Our Paediatric First Aid course and Paediatric Emergency First Aid course meet these requirements. Contact Us if you need any further advice on solutions to train and update your workforce to ensure the highest standards of safety for the children in your care.