Emergency Paediatric First Aid

QNUK Level 3 Award (RQF)

A 1day course suitable for adults to provide the knowledge and skills to be able to provide first aid to babies or children.

 Emergency Paediatric First Aid Qualification Overview

A 1 day course suitable for adults to provide the knowledge and skills to be first aiders working in early years environments or for parents.  Learners will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding of paediatric first aid as outlined by the Department of Education, September 2016.  This course can be tailored to your environment and, contextualised for your workplace hazards. Theoretical training and practical scenarios are used together to incrementally develop skills throughout the course.  Participants will need to be prepared to be active and participate.

The qualification requires 6 contact learning hours (minimum)n and will usually take around 8 hours over 2 days. The maximum period to achieve this, including referrals, is 10 weeks.


Certification and requalification

Course certificates will be valid for 3 years from the date of the end of the first aid course. The Learner needs to retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified. Certification will be with the certified Awarding Organisation Qualifications Network or QNUK.


Intended audience

This qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility at work or in voluntary and community activities, working in early years environments. This is suitable as a support those who have undertaken the full 2 day Paediatric course or parents requiring basic first aid knowledge.



Formative assessment will be conducted throughout the course, along with multiple choice exam papers at the end.


Venues and equipment

In line with current regulations, venues will need to be a minimum of 100 square metres to accommodate up to 12 people safely, and, for smaller courses; a minimum of 50 square meters to accommodate up to 6 people -  along with the trainer, training resources: flipchart, projector, CPR manikins (1 each), AED training machines (1 per 2 learners), kneeling pads, bandages and paperwork to train and assess the course. 

Covid health and safety measures

A venue risk assessment will be carried out in advance to confirm that there is enough space and that the venue meets safety standards conducive to learning.  A further assessment will be carried on the day to ensure that conditions remain the same.  Attendees will be required to wear masks and use hand gel regularly throughout the day, as well as wash their hands.  Temperatures will be taken on arrival and anyone with a temperature above 38 degrees will be asked to return home. More detailed guidance will be sent out when the course is booked.

Course quality assurance

After each course learners are asked to complete a short evaluation on the day and afterwards they are emailed another opportunity to provide feedback about their training.  Pre course joining instructions sent to learners include a request for information about special requirements, information about learner complaints / appeals procedures.


At the start of each course learners are informed about appeals and grievance procedures. To maintain quality a maximum 1:12 trainer to learner ratio is set for this course.

EPFA Measurable Achievements

  1. How to minimise the risk of infection to self and others

  2. Differences between an infant and a child for the purposes of First aid treatment

  3. Conducting a scene survey

  4. Conducting a primary survey on an infant and a child

  5. Summoning appropriate assistance when necessary

  6. When to administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to an infant and a child

  7. Demonstrating CPR using an infant and a child manikin

  8. When to place an infant or a child into the recovery position

  9. Demonstrating how to place an infant and a child into the recovery position

  10. Demonstrating continual monitoring of breathing for an infant and a child whilst they are in the recovery position

  11. How to administer First aid to an infant or a child who is experiencing a seizure

  12. Identify whether choking is mild or severe

  13. Demonstrating how to administer First aid to an infant and a child who is choking

  14. The severity of external bleeding for an infant and a child

  15. Demonstrating how to administer First aid to an infant or a child with external bleeding

  16. When an infant or a child is suffering from shock

  17. How to administer First aid to an infant or a child who is suffering from shock

  18. Recognise and learn how to administer First aid for an infant or a child with a suspected seizure

20. How to administer First aid for minor injuries such as:



small cuts


bumps and bruises

small splinters

nose bleeds