We have had a lot of Nannies contacting us with queries about their Paediatric First Aid and what should they do especially as it is a requirement for Ofsted and Insurance.
If your certificate is due to expire or expired after the 16th March 2020 Childcarers have an extra 3 months to renew. In the meantime you can start the online training section of your certificate or refresh your skills.
We use Child Matters for all our training and they have plenty of online courses available and are taking bookings for courses once Lockdown is lifted.
They are currently working on restarting courses in June and are anticipating a high demand. Therefore, we recommend you book a place and complete the online training module now. No payment will be taken in advance and bookings are transferable and are of course subject to latest government instructions/postponements.
HSE Statement In Full
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware that people holding Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates nearing expiry date, might experience disruption to access to requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the coronavirus pandemic.
HSE’s current guidance on the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l123.pdf is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualification should undertake retraining before their original certificate expires and HSE strongly recommends that employers, and individuals holding those qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates.
If however requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus or by complying with related government advice, it is reasonable and practical to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months. Anyone taking advantage of this extension should be able to describe clearly their reasons for delaying requalification training, and demonstrate steps they have taken to undertake the training, if required.
This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.