Childcare First Aid

This course is referred to as Childcare First Aid, First Aid for Children, Paediatric First Aid, and First Aid for Parents.

This course has been specifically designed to teaching life saving skills with infants and children in mind. There is major emphasis on dealing with accidents that happen to children from newborn babies to children eight years of age. This unique course will give participants the skills to deal with all first aid and medical emergencies that occur with this age group.

This course is popular with those that work with and care for young children or are likely to respond to child emergencies in the workplace, home, or in the community. It is ideal for childcare professionals, teachers, parents, expecting mothers and babysitters. 

Available as an Onsite Course

Available as a Public Course

Course Objectives
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • This childcare first aid course will enable participants to act as a back up to and support First Aid Responders in a childcare facility.
  • Display skills and knowledge related to the delivery of a childcare first aid.
  • Competently and confidently deal with common injuries and illnesses that affect children and infants.
  • Display the requisite personal skills including: composure, competence and self-confidence, while understanding their limitations.
  • Provide childcare first aid in the workplace and other environments, including: home and recreational settings.
  • Calling the emergency medical services for assistance and provide adequate cover until their arrival.
  • Provide first aid for conditions not thought to be life-threatening, but are necessary to prevent further harm, before the arrival of a healthcare provider.



Course Topics
  • Scene management and patient assessment
  • Paediatric patient assessment
  • Child and infant: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Child and infant: Using an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Impaired responsiveness and the unconsciousness patient
  • Airway obstruction, choking child, choking infant
  • Burns and electrical injuries
  • Chemical burns and poisons
  • Allergic reactions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Control of spinal injuries, fractures and dislocations
  • Sprain and strains
  • Bleeding and wounds
  • Head injuries
  • Common medical conditions affecting children: epilepsy, febrile convulsions, meningitis, and diabetes
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007: Part 7 – Chapter 2: Regulation 165(1)(b) requires employers to designate at each place of work under the employer’s control the number of occupational first-aiders as is necessary, and to give first aid training at the place of work concerned.

PLEASE SEE “ADDITIONAL INFORMATION” BELOW in relation to TUSLA and First Aid for Childcare Providers


A maximum of 12 participants can attend each Childcare First Aid training session.


Onsite Childcare First Aid training sessions are 1-day in duration.

However, public courses can vary from a 1 to 2 full days in duration.


On successful competition of the Childcare First Aid course participants will receive a House Certificate. The certification will expire after 2 years.


Participants are required to renew their training by completing the course again. Renewals should happen before the certification expires, or sooner if indicated by their company’s risk assessment.

Course Entry Requirements

There are no special entry requirements for participants associated with this course.

Site Requirements

There are no special site requirements  associated with this course.

Public Course Dates

Summary Of Assessments
Our approach to training incorporates both practical and interactive learning, giving participants the confidence and ability to put theory into practice and to cope with real-life situations that may arise in the workplace, home or community. Both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the participants are continually assessed by the instructor throughout the course.

Useful Information

Health & Safety Publications

Text Books Provided

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Childcare First Aid Courses

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