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Requalification of Paediatric First Aid

Please note Paediatric First Aid certficate extention from Oct 2020 WILL NOT be extended beyond 31st March 2021

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Additionally, if PFA certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, or by complying with related government advice, the validity of current certificates can be extended to 31st March 2021 at the latest. This applies to certificates expiring on or after 1st October 2020 and includes paediatric first aiders in provision registered on the General Childcare Register as well as Ofsted registered early years provision. Childminders can also apply this extension.

If asked to do so, providers should be able to explain why the first aider has not been able to requalify and demonstrate what steps have taken to access the training. Employers or certificate holders must do their best to arrange requalification training at the earliest opportunity.

Practitioners are strongly encouraged to use online resources to refresh their knowledge of Paediatric First Aid procedures if they need to extend their certificates while waiting to access face-to-face training.

The practical elements of PFA courses should be delivered face to face, so that competency can be properly assessed, as set out in Annex A of the statutory framework for the EYFS.

By Jo Humphrey from Swift First Aid Training, 3 months ago.

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