Level 3 Paediatric First Aid

Course Information

The qualification is designed for learners with a responsibility for the care of children and babies on a professional level. The purpose of the qualification is for the learner to attain the knowledge and practical competence required to deal with a range of paediatric first aid situations.


Course Duration

Ofsted and the Early Years Foundation Stage

This two-day qualification (6 hours per day), fulfils the requirements for first aid training detailed in the Department for Education’s statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Course Content

Day 1

  • Role of the Paediatric First Aider

  • Primary Survey

  • Secondary assessment

  • Resuscitation and defibrillation

  • Seizures

  • Choking

  • Wounds, bleeding and shock

  • Bites and stings

Day 2

  • Bones, joints and muscle injuries

  • Head and spinal injuries

  • Foreign body and eye injuries

  • Chronic medical conditions and illnesses

  • Effects of heat and cold

  • Electric shock incidents

  • Burns and scalds

  • Poisoning

  • Anaphylaxis


The qualification is assessed both through practical demonstration and written assessment.

A learner must successfully pass both the written and practical assessments to achieve the qualification. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.

Contact hours for teaching and assessment must be no less than 12 hours over 2 days. However it can be delivered over 3 or 4 evenings, if in-house training after work is preferable.



The qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is recommended that the learner attends annual refresher training. The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.