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First Aid Qualification and Training In Early Childhood Services

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According to the National Regulations, there are mandatory requirements for first aid qualified educators to be in attendance at all times to be available in an emergency.

Regulation 136 of the Education and Care Services National Regulations states the following:

Centre - Based Services

The approved provider of a centre-based service must ensure that each of the following persons is in attendance at any place where children are being educated and cared for by the service, and immediately available in an emergency, at all times that children are being educated and cared for by the service—

  • (a) at least one staff member or one nominated supervisor of the service who holds a current approved first aid qualification;
  • (b) at least one staff member or one nominated supervisor of the service who has undertaken currently approved anaphylaxis management training;
  • (c) at least one staff member or one nominated supervisor of the service who has undertaken current approved emergency asthma management training.

Services must have staff with current approved qualifications on duty at all times and immediately available in an emergency. One staff member may hold one or more of the qualifications.

Premises On A School Site

If children are being educated and cared for at service premises on the site of a school, the following qualified Educators are in attendance at the school site and immediately available in an emergency—

  • (a) at least one staff member of the school who holds a current approved first aid qualification
  • (b)at least one staff member of the school who has undertaken currently approved anaphylaxis management training
  • (c) at least one staff member of the school who has undertaken current approved emergency asthma management training.

Family Day Care

The approved provider of a family daycare service must ensure that each family day care educator and family day care educator assistant engaged by or registered with the service—

  • (a) holds a current approved first aid qualification; and
  • (b) has undertaken currently approved anaphylaxis management training; and
  • (c) has undertaken current approved emergency asthma management training.

Note: Each family day care educator and educator assistant must hold all three qualifications.

Approved First Aid Qualifications

Under the Education and Care Services National Regulations, ACECQA must publish a list of approved first aid qualifications, anaphylaxis management training and emergency asthma management training.

The 'qualifications' on the list are either national or state-accredited units of competency or short courses.

If you have completed training and want to know if it is approved, you can search ACECQA's list of approved qualifications. You will need to know the name of the training course and its code or other unique identifiers. This information will appear on your certificate or transcript.

List of: Approved Qualifications

First Aid Qualification Renewal

The industry standard is that first aid qualifications should be renewed every three years and refresher training in CPR should be undertaken annually.

Regulatory Requirement

Regulation 136 requires your first aid qualification to be current. Your certificate will state the date on which you completed the course. It may also include information about the expiry date or requirements for refresher training. Please note that the validity of some first aid certificates may be subject to specific requirements, e.g. your certificate may state that you must complete refresher training in CPR every 12 months for the qualification to remain valid.

First Aid Certification

The Safe Work Australia First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice recommends that first aiders attend training on a regular basis to refresh their first aid knowledge and skills and to confirm their competence to provide first aid. The Code of Practice recommends that first aid qualifications should be renewed every three years.

CPR Renewal

The Australian Resuscitation Council states in its Guideline 10.1 that repeated CPR refresher training is needed for individuals who are not performing resuscitation on a regular basis. Both the Australian Resuscitation Council and the Safe Work Australia First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice recommend that all those trained in CPR should refresh their CPR skills at least annually.

References:
First Aid Qualifications, ACECQA
Education and Care Services National Regulations

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