Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA) is the minimum qualification required for recently qualified early years practitioners. However, some roles require the full Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (PFA12hr). Do you know which one you need?

The requirements as set out by the government are somewhat complex, but in general, if you are a childminder looking after children under 8, you need the full 12 hour PFA. If you work in an early years setting, you will need at least the 6 hour EPFA, but you should speak to your manager to confirm, as there needs to be at least one member of staff on site with the full qualification.

Nannies who wish to join the voluntary childcare register will need the EPFA.

If you are working for an after school club, typically you will need the full PFA12hr.

Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course (EPFA) 6 hour

This course is comprehensive, interactive and fun. The course focuses on emergency scenarios that are faced by nannies, childminders, nanny/housekeepers and people who work with young children.

This course meets the First Aid requirements of OFSTED for the voluntary register.

Full Level 3 Blended Paediatric First Aid Course (PFA12hr)

Our 12 hour first aid paediatric course consists of 6 hours in the classroom and 6 hours via e-learning. The classroom session is taught in a very hands-on manner which makes it particularly suitable for people for whom English is not their first language. Our course will equip you with the skills to be able to recognise and respond to a first aid emergency safely and efficiently.

Who should attend?

Nannies, Nanny/Housekeepers, Parent’s Helps, Parents/Grandparents or those within Early Years who are working as part of a team with other staff who hold a Full Paediatric First Aid Certificate. Childminders or those working alone on the Compulsory Ofsted Register must take the Full Paediatric First Aid Course.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for professional childcarers that work as nursery practitioners, childminders, crèche workers, playscheme staff or those working in a daycare setting. It is an accredited course that provides certified training to meet OFSTED requirements and also meets the requirements for Paediatric First Aid outlined in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) 2014.

Course Fee


Course Fee


Course Duration

6 hour classroom training

The course is run in 1 day, from 9:45am-3:45pm.

Please make sure you arrive before the course starts. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late may be refused entry. Printed certificates are usually ready for collection at the end of the training.

ID required, please bring this with you when attending.

Course Duration

6 hour classroom training + 6 hour online

The course is run for 1 day, from 9:45am-3:45pm. Access to the online part of the course will be emailed to learners for completion. Please note that your 12 hour certificate will be posted to you once both parts are completed.

Please make sure you arrive before the course starts. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late may be refused entry.

ID required, please bring this with you when attending.

Course Content

The 6 hour classroom based component covers how to deal with accidents and emergencies involving young children, including:

  • Role and responsibilities of paediatric first aider
  • Incident and casualty assessment
  • CPR
  • Unconscious casualty
  • Recovery position
  • Management of a seizure
  • Choking
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Shock
  • External bleeding

The 12 hour course includes the 6 hour classroom component, and also includes the online content, which covers the following:

  • Understanding the role and responsibilities of a paediatric first aider (including the appropriate contents of a first aid box and the need for recording incidents and accidents)
  • Poisonous Substances
  • Bites and Stings
  • Foreign body in ear, nose and eyes
  • Electric shock
  • Effects of extreme heat or cold
  • Emergencies
    • asthma attack
    • diabetic emergency
    • allergic reaction
    • meningitis and/or febrile convulsions

Training Venues

Our regular venue is the Wesley Hotel in Euston, a few minutes walk from Euston mainline station, as well as other nearby underground stations.

Limited parking is available on the weekend.

Upcoming Dates

Event Venue Date
Paediatric First Aid Course - 16th December 2023 The Wesley, 81 - 103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ
  • December 16, 2023 9:45 am

Do You Manage an Early Years Setting?

..or would like to hold a dedicated session? We offer the same high quality training but at a time to suit you, either at our venues, or directly within your setting.

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