early years providers

Legal Requirements for – Early Years Providers

Early years providers have a legal requirement to ensure that they have adequate first aid provisions in place for nurseries, childminders, and schools.


Current legislation

The most recent Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) came into effect in September 2014 and it sets out the following requirements.

The requirement states at least one person who currently holds a paediatric first aid certificate must be available on the premises at all times when children are on site, and they must accompany children on school outings. Childminders and any assistants who might be in sole charge of the children for any length of time must also hold a current 2 day paediatric first aid certificate.

New Paediatric First Aid Legislation

In March 2015 the Government put forward a proposal requiring all newly qualified Early Years Providers to hold a valid Paediatric First Aid or Emergency Paediatric First certificate in order to be included in the ratios in early years setting. This new requirement will come into force 1st September 2016 and settings will be given a three month ‘grace’ period to complete the Paediatric First Aid training.

Paediatric First Aid Training

Warwickshire First Aid Training offers a QNUK Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF),  this is a 2 day course that meets the requirements for Early Years Providers.

We also offer QNUK Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) which is ideal qualification if you already have a Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aider who is on your site during opening hours.

Our Paediatric first aid courses are Ofqual approved and meet Department of Education and EFYS requirements.

QNUK Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF).

This qualification is delivered over 12 guided learning hours which is tutor led, this course is ideal for “Early Years Practitioners” requiring a Paediatric first aid qualification as outlined in EFYS guidelines.

This qualification is particularly useful when only 1 first aider may be available, for example, Childminders, Nurseries, School staff on school trips etc.

QNUK Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

This qualification is delivered over 1 day (6 guided hours), this is ideal for any “Early Years Practitioners) working in a setting that has an existing staff with a QNUK Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid qualification or similar.

This qualification is also ideal for family members or parents, also for unregulated Child carers such as “Nanny’s and Au- Pairs” too.

Unsure which Paediatric First Aid course meets your needs…

Contact our Customer Service Team, they have the knowledge of all our First Aid courses and remember all our First Aid qualifications are regulated and Ofqual approved too.