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Ofsted Requirements For First Aid Courses

At First Aid Exeter we take pride in the quality of all of our first aid courses. For all of our paediatric first aid courses we follow the strict guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), EYFS and Ofsted.

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What Are The Requirements?

What Does Ofsted Say?

First aid provision must be available at all times that children are cared for either on the childcare premises or off the premises on visits and outings. The registered provider is responsible for ensuring these requirements are met.

At First Aid Exeter the 2 day paediatric first aid course is designed for professionals who work with children and infants and is also an informative course for parents.  It follows the syllabus outlined by the Early Learning Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Both the 1 and 2 day paediatric courses will give the candidate a paediatric first aid qualification which lasts for 3 years.

For a person registering as a childminder or home child carer the regulations require that:

The applicant has a first aid qualification which is appropriate to the ages of the children for whom childminding is provided and to the nature of the provision.’

For a person registering as a childcare provider the regulations require that:

At least one person caring for children on the premises on which childcare is being provided has a first aid qualification which is appropriate to the ages of the children for whom childcare is

provided and to the nature of the provision.’

Criteria For A Paediatric First Aid Certificate

General first aid certificates that are the normal requirements for employers, although required in work settings, are not sufficient for working with children and babies.
For settings that provide care to children who have not reached puberty child carers should have a paediatric first aid certificate.
For settings that provide care to children who have reached puberty child carers should have an adult first aid certificate.

The certificate should be appropriate to the nature of the child care being provided. (For example, particular types of activities may need specific additional first aid training.)
Training should be designed for workers caring for children in the absence of their parents.
The certificate must be renewed every three years after the date the training was completed.
The HSE no longer regulate the first aid industry, the responsibility now lies with the employer to choose the right first aid provider.  When choosing a first aid trainer employers should check that they are competent to deliver first aid training and have the relevant quality assurance systems in place.
Employers can go to the HSE website and read the full guidelines for employers looking for a first aid training provider

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How We Work

At First Aid Exeter we take every aspect of the service we provide very seriously. All of our staff are highly experienced first aid trainers as well as being fully qualified teachers. This means we can offer the very highest training standards that exceed all requirements set by the HSE. As well as standard accreditation we also offer FAA and Ofqual regulation on every single one of our courses. This ensures you are guaranteed the very latest in first aid techniques, first aid training material and first aid teaching practices.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are the government body that set the overarching rules on first aid qualifications in the UK. Over the last 10 years things have changed dramatically in the first aid sector in regards to how first aid providers deliver first aid courses. Advised by institutes such as the General Medical Council and the Resuscitation Council techniques are constantly evolving and improving. We stay at the head of the game by constantly reviewing our practices and in house training whilst also drawing on our own extensive experiencing working in a broad range of extreme environments. Our staff have working experience in professions ranging from combat paramedics to mountain guides.


As an employers it is now commonplace to have first aid trained staff. This is to guarantee a safe working environment for both your staff and your clients.
Depending on your business you can have very different first aid requirements so we have various first aid courses to choose form.
As of 2013 the HSE made changes that primarily put onus on the individual or employer to establish the most relevant first aid qualification for your particular environment and needs.
To establish the most relevant route for you or your business you should start with a risk assessment. This should highlight the most obvious areas of danger and from there the right course should be clear.
If you are unsure please get in touch and we will help point you in the right direction however we cannot provide legal advice and it will be up to you to make the final decision on which course you need.


All of our first aid courses comply with the latest guidelines from the Resuscitation Council UK and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidance on First Aid 2016.
We are fully qualified to provide accredited and regulated first aid qualifications. Should you require Ofqual regulated certification then we process your certificate through the FAA (First Aid Awards).
We teach varied, engaging content that is tailored to be relevant to your specific requirements and group.
We will continue to push the boundaries of exciting education with the use of new and innovative technologies.

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