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First Aid

Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Suitable People

At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate is on the premises at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings.

Health  - The provider must ensure there is a first aid box accessible at all times with appropriate content for use with children.  Providers must keep a written record of accidents or injuries and first aid treatment

Policy Statement

At Sparklers we are able to take action to apply first aid treatment in the event of an accident involving a child or adult.  At least one adult with a current first aid certificate is on the premises, or on an outing, at any one time. Newly qualified staff who achieved an early years qualification at level 2 or 3 on or after 30 June 2016 also have a paediatric first aid certificate in order to be counted in the adult:child ratios.  The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children.  We have evidence of due diligence when choosing first aid training and ensure that it is relevant to adults caring for young children.


The first aid kit; Our first aid kit is accessible at all times and contains the following items:

  • 1 x guidance leaflet

  • 20 x assorted washproof plasters

  • 2 x eyepad dressings with loops

  • 4 x triangular bandages

  • 6 x medium bandages

  • 2 x large bandages

  • 6 x assorted safety pins

  • 6 x reliwipes (alcohol free)

  • 1 x rebreath resuscitation device

  • 5 x reliswab sterile gauze swabs

  • 2 x gloves (pair)

  • 1 x plastic finger applicator

  • 2 x Fingerbobs

  • 1 x microporous tape 1.25cm x 10m

  • 5 x relipad sterile dressing 5cm x 5cm

  • 1 x first aid scissors

  • 2 x burn gel or dressing

  • 1 x eye wash station or saline pods

In addition, the following equipment is kept near to the first aid box:

  • 2 pairs of disposable plastic (PVC or vinyl) gloves.

  • 1 plastic disposable apron.

  • A thermometer.

  • A cool pack is kept in the fridge.

Information about who has completed first aid training and the location of the first aid box is provided to all our staff and volunteers.

A list of staff who have current PFA certificates is displayed in the cloakroom.

The first aid box is easily accessible to adults and is kept out of the reach of children.

Our named first aider is responsible for checking and replenishing the first aid box contents.

Medication is only administered in line with our Administering Medicines policy.

In the case of minor injury or accidents, first aid treatment is given by a qualified first aider.

Gloves must be worn when dealing with blood and bodily fluids. The disposal of bodily fluids procedure should be followed.

In the event of minor injuries or accidents, we normally inform parents when they collect their child, unless the child is unduly upset or we have concerns about the injury. In which case we will contact the child’s parents for clarification of what they would like to do, i.e. whether they wish to collect the child and/or take them to their own GP.

In the event of a major injury or accident, first aid treatment is given by a qualified first aider. A member of staff will calm and remove the other children from the area, if needed.

An ambulance is called for children requiring emergency treatment. We contact parents immediately and inform them of what has happened and where their child has been taken.

Parents sign a consent form at registration allowing a member of staff to take their child to the nearest Accident and Emergency unit to be examined, treated or admitted as necessary on the understanding that they have been informed and are on their way to the hospital.

Accidents and injuries are recorded in our accident record book and signed by staff and parent, and where applicable, are notified to the Health and Safety Executive, Ofsted and/or local child protection agencies.

Legal Framework

  • Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (1981)


Further Guidance

  • First Aid at Work: Your questions answered (HSE 2014)

  • Basic Advice on First Aid at Work (HSE 2017)

  • Guidance on First Aid for Schools (DfEE)

This Policy was adopted by Sparklers Pre-School


Sarah Hodges

Role of Signatory:

Pre-School Supervisor

Issue Date:

September 2023

Next Review Date:

October 2024

This Policy was approved by Sparklers Pre-School Committee


Role of Signatory:

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