At AMTD we are delighted that a Government consultation has been launched on proposals for all newly qualified nursery staff to undertake compulsory paediatric first aid training for the first time.
Launched yesterday, the consultation seeks the views of the sector, parents, health professionals and local authorities on plans to make it compulsory for all newly qualified Level 2 and Level 3 early years staff to hold either a full Paediatric First Aid (PFA) or an emergency PFA certificate if they are to count towards adult: child ratios under the EYFS. Currently, early years providers must have at least one paediatric first aider available on the premises at all time. The plans, which if given the go-ahead will come into effect by September 2016, are in response to a campaign by Joanne and Dan Thompson, whose daughter Millie died after choking at a nursery in 2012. More than 100,000 people signed the couple’s online petition calling for compulsory first aid training. The safety of children should be paramount and if you would like details of our local Paediatric courses held monthly please check our website www.amtd.co.uk for details. Alternatively, we can come to you for groups of 5 or more.