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 always a first aid box accessible with appropriate content for use with children. Providers must keep a written record of accidents or injuries and first aid treatment.


3.2 First aid


Policy statement


We are 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 any one 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 adult:child ratios. The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children. We’ll 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:

  • 1 protective face shield for performing CPR.

  • 20 individually wrapped sterile adhesive platers of assorted size.

  • 1 sterile eye pad.

  • 2 triangular bandages.

  • Wound dressings with bandage attached.  4 x medium, 2 x large.

  • 5 low adherent dressings of different sizes.

  • 1 roll of hypo-allergenic tape.

  • 2 pairs disposable gloves.

  • 1pair of round ended scissors.

  • 1 pack of sterile gauze swabs.

  • 1 finger bandage.

  • 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.

  • Cold compresses are stored in the fridge

  • Emergency vomit box


  • Information about who has completed first aid training and the location of the first aid box is provided to all our staff and volunteers. A list of staff and volunteers who have current PFA certificates is also displayed in the entrance hall for parents to see.

  • The first aid box is easily accessible to adults and is kept out of the reach of children.

  • There is a named person in the setting who is responsible for checking and replenishing the first aid box contents.

  • Medication is only administered in line with our 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’ll normally inform parents when they collect their child, unless the child is unduly upset or we’ll have concerns about the injury. In which case we’ll 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 will contact parents immediately and inform them of what has happened and where their child has been taken.

  • Accidents and injuries are recorded in our accident record book and, where applicable, notified to the Health and Safety Executive, Ofsted and/or local child protection agencies in line with Our Recording and Reporting of Accident and Incidents Policy.


Legal framework


  • Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (1981)