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Early Years Foundation Stage 2017 (EYFS) 20 Mar, 2017

The revised EYFS which comes into force on 3rd April 2017 includes the new paediatric first aid (PFA) training. All newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce with a level 2 or 3 qualification must also have either a full or emergency PFA certificate within 3 months of starting work before they can be included in the statutory staff:child ratios in early years settings. 

First Aid Training (Page 22 - Paragraph 3.25)

Early years providers must have at least one person, who holds a current full paediatric first aid qualification such as the Paediatric First Aid (12 Hours) on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings.

Childminders and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must also hold a full current Paediatric First Aid certificate.

Providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a paediatric first aider is able to respond to emergencies quickly.

All other child care staff who are included in the mandatory staff to children ratio, must hold either a full Paediatric First Aid (as above) or Emergency Paediatric First Aid qualification and gain this qualification within three months of starting work.

Exceptions can be made if a person is unable to gain a paediatric first aid qualification if a disability would prevent them from doing so, but whereever possible they should still attend a course and obtain a certificate or written letter of attendance. 

In Annexe A (Page 36) of the guidelines, the content of both courses is detailed which remains the same as detailed in the previous guidelines.  However, all Awarding Organisations that offer regulated Paediatric qualifications, have agreed that minor injuries along with bites and stings, should be included in Emergency Paediatric First Aid and removed from Day 2 of the full Paediatric qualification.  This has been agreed with the DfE and Millie's Trust.  This is reflected in the resources and the amended units for both qualifications. 

Safeguarding (Page 16 - Paragraph 3.4 to 3.8)

All early years providers must have and implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard Children.  All policies and procedures should be in line with the guidance and precedures of the relevant Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

A practitioner must be designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children in every setting.  They must provide support, advice and guidance to any other staff on an ongoing basis, and on any specific safeguarding issue as required.  The lead practitioner must attend a child protection training course that enables them to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect.

Early years providers must ensure that all staff are trained to understand their policy and procedures for safeguarding. 

View the new EYFS Framework

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