New paediatric first aid course

One of Scotland’s leading social enterprises St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd are launching a new paediatric first aid course this August. 

st andrewsThe new course has been introduced after the tragic death of Millie Thompson and the subsequent campaign by her parents to see all nursery staff first aid trained after ministers proposed a change in the law in England and Wales.

paediatric_first_aidThis means new nursery and pre-school staff will be legally required to undertake a 2-day paediatric first aid qualification for the first time.  This new law, due to be brought in to effect in September 2016, will be the first step towards ‘Millie’s Law’, where all nursery staff are trained in paediatric first aid.

Under current rules, early years providers must have at least one paediatric first aider available at all times, neither of these laws at present apply in Scotland. St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd hope that by launching this new course will be the first step to bring regulations here in line with the rest of the UK.

Every second counts in an emergency – would you know what to do if a child in your care hurt themselves?

First Aid is easy to learn and even just knowing the basics can stop unnecessary trips to a GP or A&E.

The new 2-day paediatric first aid course focuses on emergency scenarios that face those looking after young children and infants, including those in local authority care, day nurseries, private nursery schools, pre-schools, before and after school clubs for children in the early year’s age group, child-minders and carers of children at home.

Managing Director of the organisation Michelle Ferguson commented:

“We introduced this course to bring us into line with England and Wales in terms of levels of First Aid qualifications for staff who have children in their care.  The Paediatric First Aid course is the definitive training programme to cover most emergencies and medical conditions.”

The new course was first piloted by Child Care Foster Services in West Dumbartonshire. The candidates who attended gave very positive accounts of their experience.

Anne Tom, Supervising Social Worker from West Dumbarton Services said:

“We were very pleased to get the opportunity to support St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies with this project and received excellent feedback on the value of the course from the foster carers who attended.”

Places on the new course are available in Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glenrothes and once training is complete candidates will receive a certificate which is valid for three years.

St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Limited is a social enterprise with all profits being gifted back to our charity, St Andrew’s First Aid.  The charity is Scotland’s leading First Aid charity and its mission is to provide everyone in the country with the highest standards in First Aid skills, services and volunteering opportunities.

More information about this new course and how to book can be found at or phone 0300 4 666 999.

The content of the course includes

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Bites and stings
  • Burns and scalds
  • CPR
  • Electric shock
  • Extremes of temperature
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Head, neck and back injuries
  • Fractures
  • Incident/casualty management
  • Medical conditions
  • Poisons
  • Recovery position
  • Shock
  • Wounds and bleeding


Aberdeen  – 74 Menzies Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9AJ

Dundee – Suite 10, Marketgait Business Centre , 152 West Marketgait, Dundee, DD1 1NJ

Edinburgh – 12 Dock Place, Edinburgh, EH6 6LU

Glasgow – St Andrew’s House, 48 Milton Street, Glasgow, G4 0HR

Glenrothes – Millar House, 1 Woodgate Drive, Eastfield Industrial Estate, Glenrothes, KY7 4PD

7 Responses to “New paediatric first aid course”

  1. Leigh-ann

    Aug 03. 2015

    This is great news, as i hold an english NVQ it was compulsary for me to attend this course and to keep up to date with this every 3 years, however i have always had to travel to England to participate as i couldnt find a Scottish training provider. This is great news

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  2. tracy brown

    Aug 03. 2015

    I am an early years worker and work for north lanarkshire council, I would be very interested in attending the glasgow course on first aid.

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  3. Karen

    Aug 04. 2015

    Hi I’m glad too see this course up and running in Scotland. .how much is this course I’d be interested in attending the Glasgow one..thanks

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  4. Fiona

    Aug 05. 2015

    This would be great I am a first aider in school (I work in nursery) and have always said paediatric first aid would be more useful than the general first aid course. I work in Dumfries and Galloway so obviously funding/costs etc could prove tricky as all the courses are basically central belt!

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  5. Janice richmond

    Aug 06. 2015

    I work within the schools as an early years practitioner and am interest in course in glasgow

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