Are your children safe returning to nursery school?

Are your children safe returning to nursery school?

Are your children safe returning to nursery school?

Did you know?

  • 33% of all nurseries and childcare providers in Scotland have no first aid trained to deal with child first aid incidents. *
  • Of the nurseries and childcare providers who do have staff with some child first aid training, 78% are not trained to the standard recommended by the HSE. *

These figures come from the Care Inspectorate, which is the Scottish Government’s regulatory body for child protection and the integration of children’s services.

In England 100% of Early Learning and Childcare Providers (ELC Providers) have a members of staff on duty with a full Paediatric First Aid qualification. In Scotland it is 18%.

This means your nursery of childcare provider may not be able to deal with

Paediatric First Aid coursesCory Jones from the First Aid training Co-operative has gathered these shocking statistics after 2 years of campaigning to make sure every child care provider and nursery in Scotland have staff on site to deal with children’s medical emergencies.

The government said back in April that – “The latest data we have from the Care Inspectorate annual return data shows 98% of child daycare services had someone with a paediatric or first aid for children certificate available at all times when service users are receiving care.”

We knew these were flawed figures at the time and had a meeting with the Minister for Childcare and Early Years at the time to explain to them why their figures were wrong.

Government advice also contradicts recent guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which states that “the employer should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of the premises to ensure a first aider is available at all times and to enable a prompt response to emergencies”. The HSE is also very clear in its guidance that a ‘first aider’ in this context is some who holds a Paediatric First Aid certificate from a 12 hour training course.

Would you leave you child with someone who has no paediatric first aid training?

The First Aid Training Co-operative has set up an online petition – “Keep children in Scotland safe”. The goal of this campaign is to ask the Scottish Government to change legislation to make it mandatory for Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Providers to have a member of staff on duty with a 12-hour Paediatric First Aid qualification, when children are present, or on school visits.

The campaign can be seen at – https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-children-in-scotland-safe

 

About The Author

Cory Jones

Cory is a graduate of the prestigious WEMSI school (Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician), and a qualified teached with a masters degree in Environmental Management. He has lead expeditions worldwide (currently an International Mountain Leader) and is a director of Outdoor First Aid Limited. Cory Jones has worked in the outdoor industry for over 30 years. He first ran first aid training courses for the Red Cross in 2001. Cory has been a provider for SQA, ITC, REC, Highfield, Open College Network over the years. In 2008 Cory set up First Aid Academy in the Lancashire area and won the ‘New Business of the Year 2008 Award’. By 2010 he was running nearly 250 first aid training courses a year. Today, Cory is a director of Outdoor First Aid Limited as well as being a founder of the First Aid Training Co-operative.