Children hurt themselves; it’s a fact of life. But how can you ensure the best possible outcome when an accident or injury occurs? Will you know what to do if there’s a medical emergency?
Don’t worry, this guide is here to help. We know how important it is for parents and caregivers to know how to respond in case of an emergency.
First Aid training is not only important to care for children. It also gives you reassurance that if something did happen, it can be dealt with calmly and confidently.
Be prepared & get qualified
- It’s recommended that all babysitters and nannies hold a valid and current First Aid Qualification. New parents and parents of young children are encouraged to undertake the training also.
- Emergency medical treatment for young children or babies isn’t always the same as for adults, so a certification in Child/Paediatric First Aid is better.
- Ensure that the training has been or will be undertaken through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
- Refresher courses should also be undertaken regularly as recommended by the training provider, especially CPR as first aid practices change and skills can be lost when not used.
- Ensure you or the families you work for have a fully stocked first aid kit. The recommendations for what to include will vary, just make sure you have what you need to deal with common minor injuries.
Child/Paediatric First Aid & CPR training can be undertaken with:
- St John’s Australia offers general and specific training for child related emergencies & CPR in cities and regional areas, both online and face to face, around the country.
- The Australian Red Cross provides First Aid for Babies and Children training at various places across the country.
- Australian Training Institute offers training in Sydney and Brisbane.
- Kid’s First Aid Australia offers training targeting the ten most common emergencies.
- Australia Wide First Aid offers courses all over the country in both qualifications.
There are dozens of local courses being run across the country. Type ‘kids first aid course’ into your browser and you’ll find one near you (or online if you’re in a regional area).
NOTE: If a child is severely injured, has collapsed, stopped breathing or is fitting or suffering an anaphylactic reaction – Call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.