Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills
At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings.
Providers must ensure there is a first aid box accessible at all times with appropriate content for use with children. Providers must keep a written record of accidents or iniuries and first aid treatment.
3.2 First aid
I am able to take action to apply first aid treatment in the event of an accident involving a child or adult. At least one adult with a current first aid certificate is on the premises, or on an outing, at anyone time. Newly qualified staff who achieved an early years qualification at level 2 or 3 on or after 30 June 2016 also have a paediatric first aid certificate in order to be counted in the adultchild ratios. The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children. I have evidence of due diligence when choosing first aid training and ensure that it is relevant to adults caring for young children.
The first aid kit
Our first aid kit is accessible at all times and contains the following items
- Triangular bandages (ideally at least one should be sterile) x 4.
- Sterile dressings:
- – Small x3.
- – Medium x3.
- – Large x 3.
- Composite pack containing 20 assorted (individually-wrapped) plasters x 1.
- Sterile eye pads (with bandage or attachment) e.g. No 16 dressing x 2.
- Container of 6 safety pins x 1.
- Guidance card as recommended by HSE x 1.
- In addition, the following equipment is kept near to the first aid box:
- 2 pairs of disposable plastic (PVC or vinyl) gloves.
- 1 plastic disposable apron.
- A children’s forehead ‘strip’ thermometer.
- A supply of ice is kept in the freezer.
- Information about who has completed first aid training and the location of the first aid box is provided to all [our/my] staff and volunteers.
- There is a named person in the setting who is responsible for checking and replenishing the first aid box content.
- Medication is only administered in line with my Administering Medicines policy.
- In the case of minor injury or accidents, first aid treatment is given by a qualified first aider.
- In the event of minor injuries or accidents, we normally inform parents when they collect their child, unless the child is unduly upset or we have concerns about the injury. In which case we will contact the child’s parents for clarification of what they would like to do, i.e. whether they wish to collect the child and/or take them to their own GP.
- An ambulance is called for children requiring emergency treatment. We contact parents immediately and inform them of what has happened and where their child has been taken.
- Parents sign a consent form at reqlstratlon allowing a member of staff to take their child to the nearest Accident and Emergency unit to be examined, treated or admitted as necessary on the understanding that they have been informed and are on their way to the hospital. .
- Accidents and injuries are recorded in my accident record book and, where applicable, notified to the Health and Safety Executive, Ofsted and/or local child protection agencies in line with my Recording and Reporting of Accident and Incidents Policy.
- Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (1981) Further guidance
- First Aid at Work: Your questions answered (HSE Revised 2009)
- Basic Advice on First Aid at Work (HSE Revised 2008)
- Guidance on First Aid for Schools (DfEE)