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    Early Childhood (ECE) First Aid
Specific for 0 - 6 years

When faced with an emergency or helping an injured or seriously unwell child it can be frightening and difficult if you don't know what to do. This course teaches you how to deal with injuries and illnesses that may commonly occur with our young children. We discuss how to identify and deal with serious illness and life-threatening medical emergencies.
This course is for people who have responsibility for young children, including those who provide home-based education and care services for young children, and may need the knowledge and skills to provide first aid for young children.
  • Recommended for home-based educators, babysitters, parents, grandparents and other family caregivers.
  • Providing peace of mind for those looking after children.

Course Overview
Our course program is delivered by highly experienced early childhood trainers and educators and emphasises practical realistic skills in an interesting, interactive learning environment.

Upon successful completion the trainee will be confident to:
  • Recognise life-threatening situations and prevent conditions from worsening
  • Offer vital assistance before more experienced help arrives.
Practical and theory lessons covering the following topics:
  • CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for infants and children
  • Managing choking
  • Breathing problems
  • Control of bleeding
  • Burn management
  • Stabilising broken bones
  • Poisoning
  • Severe allergic reactions – EPI pen use
  • Seizures
  • Altered level of consciousness
  • Head injuries

NZQA Unit Standard
25459     Provide first aid for young children

Attendance Numbers      Minimum of 10, Maximum of 15  
Course Duration             5 hours

Entry Criteria

Special Notes
Competency in this assessment can be used as evidence of training provided to adults who may, with the written authority of a parent (appropriate to the category of medicine) be expected to administer category (ii) or (iii) medicines to young children (other than their own), in their care, as required under the Licensing Criteria for Early Childhood Education and Care Centres 2008 (as amended in August 2009), Ministry of Education.

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