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How many First Aiders do we require in our School?

19/10/2021

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In a School there are a variety of situations that can occur, minor incidents like a scratch, bruise etc will most likely not require a First Aider, a bumped head or broken limb will require a First Aider.

 

If we had a pound for every time we were asked this question!

Strangely, the amount of first aiders that schools need, seem to fall between the cracks. At STS First Aid, we would love it if everyone did a three day first aid at work course, with the addition of a paediatric qualification, giving everyone the skills and confidence to help in an emergency. But we understand this isn’t an option in the real world, so we would always suggest that you do your own risk assessment to work out the level of cover required.

Schools should ideally have a mixture of cover. As an example, the deputy head, office manager and welfare office will have a three day first aid at work certificate to cover the staff. They may also do the paediatric top up session to get the paediatric qualification. The staff who work with the under 5 year olds would need a paediatric qualification. For the TA’s and SMSA’s, it may be a good idea to do a first aid for school staff course, or even a one day Emergency First Aid course; although this is more designed for adults than school children.

As you know, every school is different, some are in one building and one form entry; some in different buildings over multiple floors with a variety of children and staff with medical issues.

Firstly, just like the HSE, we recommend you carry out a risk assessment as there are a few variables, the questions below should help to prompt this.

  • Do we have one building or multiple premises? If multiple, then you will require more.

  • Do we have any under 5s? If yes then please ensure that every staff member that works with them should  have a Paediatric First Aid Certificate.

  • Do you have children or staff with specific medical conditions that may require a bit more attention.

  • Do any of the members we have as First Aiders go out on school trips? Ensure there is enough to cover a First Aider on a school trip and one that remains at school. But the trip will require its only risk assessment; first aid cover for a trip to the library is different to a cross country meet or an overnight camping trip.

  • Do we have any after school clubs? If yes then please ensure that there is a First Aider amongst these staff members.

In a School there are a variety of situations that can occur, minor incidents like a scratch, bruise etc will most likely not require a First Aider, a bumped head or broken limb will require a First Aider.

Under 5s: All staff members require a Paediatric First Aider qualification

School Trips: require a First Aider

Any sports related activities will require a First Aider.

 

Courses options:

First Aid at Work– 3 day course – comprehensive first aid course covers CPR, Blood loss, shock, bone injury, choking, major medical conditions

Emergency First Aid at Work – one day course – essential principles of CPR, SEIZURE, BLOOD LOSS, CHOKING, MINOR BURNS

Paediatric First Aid -2 days – legal requirement for anyone working with under 5 year olds.

First Aid for School Support Staff – Bespoke, half day course – covers the type of things that happen in a playground – nose bleeds, bumped heads, asthma, allergic reactions, and demonstration of CPR.

Topic specific sessions – things like Anaphylaxis, Epilepsy, Diabetes etc… can be tailored to your school should you have a need.

With this in mind, assess your school and their needs accordingly as to when you may need a first aider, who would be on site with your staff members and the level of training they would require.

 

At STS First Aid, we have been training people for over 30 years. So if you would like more advice about what provision is right for your school, please call 020 8211 2054 to speak to one of our experts or you can book our courses online.

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