Cory Jones meets Minister to discuss Paediatric First Aid

Maree Todd MSP - Minister for Childcare and Early Years
Maree Todd MSP – Minister for Childcare and Early Years

Cory Jones meets Minister to discuss Paediatric First Aid

Cory Jones Meets with MSP Maree Todd to discuss provision of Paediatric First Aid

On April 6th Cory Jones, First Aid Training Co-operative Director met Minister for Childcare and Early Years to discuss the needs for first aid provision in the Childcare and Early Learning (ELC) Sector. Maree Todd MSP was appointed Minister for Childcare and Early Years in November 2017 and supports the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. Her responsibilities include children’s services and early years.

Cory Jones had written to the previous Minister about the issue of the lack of any formal requirement for qualified Paediatric First Aiders to be on duty when children are present at nurseries or on trips and visits.

In early 2018 Cory wrote to the new Minister about the same issue and in April was granted a meeting with her.

In Scotland early years nurseries, kindergartens, home childcare providers are not required to hold a Paediatric First Aid qualification when they are looking after young children at their premises, or on trips and visits. This means that in the event of a simple medical emergency there may not be staff on hand to deal with anything as basic as a child or infant choking. Most mums and dads are astonished when they learn that their children’s childcare staff are not required to learn any child specific first aid skills.

When Cory Jones meet with Minister to discuss Paediatric First Aid he presented evidence from a 2016 Freedom of Information request that showed 30% of Scottish Local Authorities have no specific requirement for nurseries and childcare providers that they over see, to have any paediatric first aid certification for supervisory staff.

The meeting ended with the Minister saying she would look into the matter but at present the Scottish Government does not deem a change in legislation to make mandatory the 12 hour Paediatric First Aid training course necessary at this time.

What do you think? Wouldn’t you prefer, or expect, that your child was looked after by appropriately qualified providers?

 

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