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Highfield Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

This qualification is ideal for learners wishing to become paediatric first aiders in a workplace with the responsibility for the welfare of infants and children. The course content aligns with the paediatric first aid syllabus within the Early Years Foundation Stage. The qualification is valid for a period of three years after which point learners must retake the course. In addition, annual refresher training is strongly recommended.

Subjects covered include the roles and responsibilities of a paediatric first aider, how to provide first aid to an infant or child who is unresponsive, how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator. It also covers how to administer first aid to an infant or child who is choking, has a fracture or other conditions, such as burns, electric shock and sudden poisoning.


  • Is it for me ?

    This qualification is aimed at individuals wishing to become a paediatric first-aider in the workplace with a responsibility for the welfare of infants and children. This qualification is intended for learners already working or preparing to work in the industry and it meets the requirements for paediatric first aid outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

  • How long will it take ?

    This qualification is usually obtained by taking a 2-day classroom-based course. However, it can also be achieved through a variety of other methods including blended learning, as long as the 12 mandatory learning hours are completed and at least two thirds of the course time is face-to-face. For example, completing pre-course work or e-learning (4 hours) followed by an 8-hour classroom-based course.

  • Topics covered

    Topics include the role and responsibilities of the paediatric first-aider and providing first aid for an infant or a child who is unresponsive. The qualification also covers how to administer first aid to an infant or a child with head and spinal injuries, who is choking or suffering from anaphylaxis.

  • Assessment methods

    This qualification is assessed by the following two methods: 1. Practical assessment – Learners must demonstrate the practical first aid skills, as indicated within the Highfield assessment paperwork. 2. Theory assessment – Learners must answer a series of multiple-choice questions as outlined within the Highfield assessment paperwork.

  • Qualification

    Learners will receive a Highfield Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) upon successfully completing the course.

  • What next?

    Individuals achieving this qualification can progress onto: • Highfield Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) (EFAW) • Highfield Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF) (FAW) • Highfield Level 3 Award in First Aid Response (RQF) • Highfield Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (RQF)

  • E-learning option

    There is an E-learning option available with this course

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