Safe Kids Mark

Safe Kids Mark. An award for childcare providers to show that they have staff on duty who are trained with a full (12 hour) Paediatric First Aid qualification. Their staff are prepared to deal with a first aid emergency in their setting, e.g. a child choking or having an asthma attack.

In Scotland the need for Paediatric First Aid qualifications is not mandatory for childcare settings, where it is in England.

5 ways to introduce First Aid concepts in early years

You are never too young to learn to save a life! Our recent Rescue Rangers series on our YouTube channel shows how easy it can be for youngsters to pick up these important skills. However,  we tend to only think about first aid in a care context such as providing treatment or completing risk assessments.…

Managing Febrile Convulsions

Managing Febrile Convulsions

Febrile convulsions (seizures) occur when a child has a high temperature. The growing brains of small children are more sensitive to temperature (fever) than mature brains. When brain activity is upset, a convulsion can occur. Although convulsions are alarming, managing Febrile Convulsions is simple and they are rarely dangerous if dealt with properly. Febrile convulsions…

Recognising Meningitis

Recognising Meningitis Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It can affect anyone but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. Meningitis can be very serious if not treated quickly. It can cause life-threatening blood poisoning (septicaemia). here are some ways to…

Mums and Dads First Aid courses

Mums and Dads First Aid courses What would you do if your baby was choking? How would you be able to tell? What could you safely do to clear the blockage? Mums and Dads first aid courses are relevant to all family members and those in charge of children. This course can be delivered in…

Performing infant and child CPR

Performing infant and child CPR Performing infant and child CPR; A child or infant who is not breathing is likely to be asphyxiating, causing a lack of oxygen in their blood. As children are smaller, use less force to compress their chest than you would do on an adult. Aim to compress the chest by…

5 steps for dealing with infant and child choking

5 steps for dealing with infant and child choking Choking occurs when a foreign object blocks the airway. In first aid, individuals who have not yet reached puberty are considered to be children. The sequence of increasing intervention for a choking child or infant Encourage the child to cough. 
If they cannot cough, try a…

Why do childcare staff need to complete a 12-hour Paediatric First Aid course?

Why do Childcare and Early Years staff need to complete a 12-hour Paediatric First Aid course? Not everyone realizes that first aid for infants and young children is quite different to that of adults. This 12 hour Paediatric First Aid course is seen as the ‘standard’ first aid course for childcare across the rest of…

Launching Our ‘Keep Children in Scotland Safe’ Campaign!

What is the ‘Keep Children in Scotland Safe’ campaign? In late 2016 one of our Director, Cory Jones, asked the then Scottish Early Years and Childcare (ELC) Minister if Scotland was likely to introduce legislation to ensure that ELC Providers have trained Paediatric First Aid staff on duty when infants and children were at their…

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