Learning first aid for babies and children is one of the most valuable skills you can possibly have. In Nottingham, a number of companies run special paediatric first aid courses aimed specifically at people who work with children, such as teachers, childcare and nursery workers and those who look after children at home. Children are unpredictable in nature, so knowing what to do in an emergency situation is vital. If you are a parent or carer of young children, here's where you can find first aid courses in Nottingham.
Note – many of the courses listed below are noted as being designed for professionals who work with children. They may or may not be suitable for parents of young children, so check with the training provider.
The British Red Cross Society runs a one day course that has been specifically designed for parents, grandparents, carers, expectant parents, family members and even babysitters. It aims to give you the skills and knowledge to know what to do in a range of childhood emergencies. Through practical, hands-on learning, the course covers:
How to deal with an emergency
An unresponsive child who is breathing
An unresponsive child who is not breathing (cardiopulmonary resuscitation – CPR)
The NCT Baby First Aid Course is a 2.5 hour course run by the British Red Cross (see above for the Red Cross course aimed at parents) and is designed for parents and carers of babies and children up to 12 years old. Single bookings are £25 and £45 for a couple.
The courses covers the following:
Unconscious baby or child (breathing and non breathing)
This two-day paediatric first aid course is designed for people working with young children and focuses on emergency scenarios faced by people caring for infants and children at nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and carers of children at home. The course meets the Ofsted Early Years and Childcare Register requirements.
The course covers the following:
First aid for a child who is unresponsive and breathing normally, including child and infant resuscitation
An unresponsive child not breathing normally
Foreign body airway obstructions
Injuries to bones, joints and muscles
Dealing with the effects of extreme heat and cold
Burns or scalds
Bites or stings
Minor injuries, including cuts, grazes, bumps and bruises, small splinters and nose bleeds
Conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
Head and spinal injuries
The course also teaches how to provide emergency first aid to an infant and a child with a chronic or sudden illness, such as:
This six-hour paediatric first aid course is for people working with infants and children up to eight years old or those working towards an NVQ in Childcare and Education. It meets the requirements of the Early Years foundation stage statutory framework and Ofsted requirements for childminders and nannies under the Approved Carers Scheme.
The course focuses on emergency scenarios facing professionals, including teachers, au pairs and playgroup leaders and other employees looking after young children. It covers the following:
The first aid kit
Treatment of an unconscious casualty
Asthma and diabetic emergencies
Sprains, strains and fractures
Poisoning, bites and stings
Childhood conditions such as measles, meningitis and croup
This course is specifically designed for people who care for young children in a professional capacity and covers the following, with participants not only able to perform the skills but describe how to do them to others:
Knowing how to minimise risks in an emergency situation
Administering Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for children and infants
Identifying and treating a choking casualty with a partially and completely blocked airway
Controlling severe external bleeding
Recognising signs and symptoms of shock managing a casualty who is in shock
Managing a casualty with a burn and other minor injuries.
Recognising and managing common types of fractures, including dislocation or a suspected head, back or neck injury
Offering first aid to a child or infant with a foreign body in their eyes, ears or nose
Recognising and managing illnesses such as sickle cell anaemia, diabetes, asthma, meningitis and febrile convulsions
Handling burns, scalds, poisoning, bites and stings