Mandatory paediatric first aid training for nursery staff

Paediatric first aid training was made compulsory for new nursery recruits in September 2016 after the introduction of Millie’s Law. It is now a requirement for new nursery and pre-school staff to undertake paediatric first aid training thanks to the government proposals.

These measures ensure that newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 or 3 qualification must have emergency paediatric first aid training or a full paediatric first aid certificate.  This life-saving change will hopefully add an approximate of 15,000 trained early years professionals to our nurseries, pre-schools and child minders each year.

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Millie’s Mark

Following the tragic death of their daughter Millie, parents Joanne and Dan Thompson have shown their full support to the plans. They have been campaigning for change since Millie passed away from choking at nursery in October 2012 at just 9 months old. Their important campaign culminated in an e-petition signed by over 103,000 people.

The aims of Millie’s Mark are to keep children safe and minimise risk and accidents by:

• Raising standards in paediatric first aid;

• Increasing numbers of first aid-trained staff;

• Increasing competency in applying first aid;

• Enabling staff to respond quickly in emergencies;

• Raising the quality and skills of the early years workforce and helping them with day-to-day first aid issues, such as allergies;

• Providing reassurance to parents.

Every parent wants the confidence that any person who is caring for their child has the right training should the worst happen.  First aid training really is a life-saving skill to have. Ultimately, these changes in the law could save a child’s life.

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Level 3 Paediatric First Aid

Anyone who works with children on a professional basis – nursery staff, childminders, nannies, pre-school and after-school club staff – must have a paediatric first aid qualification. Ajuda’s Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid is designed for staff working in childcare settings; they meet legal requirements by gaining an accredited certificate, and their workplaces will be able to reassure parents that their children are being cared for by trained and knowledgeable staff.  The course gives delegates the ability to deliver first aid to infants and children in the event of unconsciousness, choking, bleeding, shock, burns, and a number of other injuries and conditions.

The Paediatric First Aid course is designed to equip candidates with the minimum knowledge and skills required to save lives in a medical emergency. This course meets the Sure Start requirements for staff training and also that of the Appointed Person, it is ideal for nursery nurses, crèche staff and anyone who is responsible for the care of young children.


Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes

  • Incident management & safety
  • Basic life support baby & child
  • Unconscious patient
  • Control of bleeding & shock
  • Burns & scalds
  • Diabetes, epilepsy, asthma
  • Choking
  • Stings & bites
  • Infantile convulsions
  • Head injuries
  • Croup
  • First aid kits
  • Eye injury
  • Poisons
  • Meningitis
  • Record keeping


For more information about our paediatric first aid training, please contact us on 029 2057 6883 or email admin@

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