Highfield Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid


Accidental injuries are the most common cause of death in children over one year of age and can result in permanent disability and disfigurement. Because most accidents are preventable knowing what to do if an accident occurs can save a life.

Paediatric First Aid is for those people working in nurseries, schools and child-care settings, but of course it will also be useful for anyone who has responsibility for caring for infants or children.

By developing the knowledge, skills and understanding required to deal with a range of paediatric illnesses and injuries you can help to keep the infants and/or children in your care safe and well.

The national standards for first aid in childcare settings state that ‘at least one person who has a current paediatric first-aid certificate must be on the premises at all times when children are present’. In addition, at least one person with a current paediatric first-aid certificate must accompany every outing.


This qualification is composed of two units:

Unit 1 Paediatric Emergency First Aid.

The learner will know:

  • about the role of the paediatric first aider
  • how to deal with emergencies
  • how to manage an unconscious casualty
  • how to manage a casualty who is not breathing normally
  • how to manage a casualty who is choking
  • how to manage a casualty who is in shock
  • how to manage a casualty who has a bleeding wound

It also provides the opportunity to practise the skills that the candidate would need to give first aid to an infant or child who might be:

  • unconscious
  • not breathing
  • choking
  • bleeding from a wound and in shock

Unit 2 – Managing Paediatric Illness and Injury.

The learner will know:

  • how to deal with chronic medical condition and sudden illness
  • how to deal with the effects of extreme heat and cold
  • how to manage a casualty with suspected fracture and dislocation
  • how to manage a casualty with head, neck or spinal injury
  • how to deal with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
  • how to deal with electric shock
  • how to deal with burns and scalds
  • how to deal with poisoning
  • how to deal with bites and stings
  • the requirements of records and reporting

It also provides the candidate the opportunity to practise the skills they would need to administer first aid to an infant or child who:

  • requires a support sling
  • requires an elevation sling
  • has a suspected spinal injury


2 days.

It is strongly recommended that candidates should be requalified every 3 years.


Multiple choice examination.

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