The current response from the government to our Keep Children in Scotland Safe campaign – Scottish Government spokesman said:
“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.”
This is a misleading statement!
Firstly, it is a shortened version of the phrase given to us by MSP Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd which was slightly different:
“The latest data we have from the Care Inspectorate shows that 98% of daycare of children services had someone with a current, accredited, paediatric or first aid for children certificate available at all times when service users are receiving care. This is provided to us by the Care Inspectorate’s annual return data.”
Firstly the Care Inspectorate says of these figures:
‘The Care Inspectorate does not validate the information supplied by providers, so we cannot guarantee its accuracy’.
Secondly, we have no idea what is meant by the words ‘Current’, ‘Accredited’, ‘Paediatric’ or ‘First Aid for Children’.
There is NO GUIDANCE as to what these words mean. So those childcare managers that complete the Care Inspectorate‘s Annual Return can tick the box without being able to guarantee someone is on site with a full Paediatric First Aid certificate. They have only done a short 3 hour course and that might have been 10 years ago!
Thirdly, this statement is only for when children are on site, there is no requirement to have a Paediatric First Aid trained member of staff on visits or outings.
The First Aid Training Co-operative has set up an online petition called “Keep children in Scotland safe” at