Considering first aid training for yourself or your caregiver? Possibly the biggest worry when hiring a nanny or babysitter to care for your child is safety. Would your caregiver know how to respond to something happening to your little bundle of joy while you aren’t there?
Children hurt themselves; it’s a fact of life. As part of their physical development, they will challenge themselves and be hurt. There are many straight-forward child safety strategies you can implement at home to keep curious little people in check. But how can you ensure the best possible outcome when an accident or injury occurs? Will your caregiver know what to do? Will you know what to do?
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 your 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 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).
Ensure training is genuine and accredited
In many cases, you can undertake the theory part of the course online, then simply attend practical lessons and examinations.
Some training providers will bundle CPR training into your First Aid qualification.
Note that genuine RTOs will have an accreditation number that is issued by the Australian Government body (ASQA) which ensures your provider is accredited.
At the end of the day, you want to feel confident that you will know how to respond in case of an emergency at home, and caregivers should respond in the same way. It would be a good idea to discuss first aid during your initial interview with carers, understand what (if any) qualifications they hold, determine what training is needed, and decide if this training will be included with their remuneration.
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.