Finding a paediatric first aider
It remains a legal requirement to have a paediatric first aider present if children within the EYFS are in attendance at the school. Given the current Covid-19 emergency, the necessity of ensuring that we do maintain provision for children in both the ‘vulnerable’ and ‘critical worker’ categories, and difficulties with availability of staff due to illness and self-isolation, schools (and settings) are expected to take the following steps with regard to the provision of a paediatric first aider on the premises:
- Consortia chairs and Early Years Hubs will be asked to identify a 'duty Paediatric First Aider (PFA)' who can be deployed elsewhere if needed.
- In the first instance schools are required to contact their consortia chair if a PFA is required.
- If the identified resource is currently being used elsewhere, Brenda Finn should be contacted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Brenda Finn will contact Early Years Hub/s that are in close proximity to the school, to find an alternative duty PFA who can help (Early Years Hubs are currently being set up over the next two weeks)
- if the PFA resource has been deployed elsewhere is unavailable, a volunteer first aider will be asked to attend the school/site.
- In the event that volunteers are not available, Brenda Finn will contact the duty school closure team (by emailing SchoolClosureApprovalTeam@warwickshire.gov.uk) to escalate the request.
- The school closure team will explore moving the reception/nursery age children to an alternative site with a PFA, or explore the option of closing the school for this year group, as appropriate to the circumstance of the school.
- If the above is not possible, given the necessity of ensuring that we do maintain provision for children in both the ‘vulnerable’ and ‘critical worker’ categories, the school or setting should risk assess whether it is appropriate and safe to remain open for EYFS children notwithstanding the lack of an individual with a paediatric first aid qualification.