We recommend completing the Paediatric First Aid to complement the compliance requirement to have a FAR qualified person in the Early Years setting.

Certification is valid for 2 years

The Paediatric First Aid course is designed to provide staff working in childcare with training in First Aid for children, while providing support to the First Aid Responder within an organisation dealing with childcare or child supervision.

This is a one day course providing childcare staff with training in First Aid for children.

Training Objectives

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and demonstrate Paediatric First Aid
  2. Describe the responsibilities of a First Aider
  3. Understand and demonstrate essential life saving skills
  4. Identify and administer first aid to medical and Trauma emergencies
  5. Identify risks to children in the home or workplace

Course Syllabus

  1. Scene Assessment and Safety
  2. Responsibilities of a First Aider
  3. CPR for children and Infants
  4. AED for adults and children
  5. How to react in an emergency situation
  6. Child and Infant Choking
  7. Bleeding first aid
  8. Dealing with unconscious Children and Infants
  9. Febrile Seizures, Epilepsy, Diabetes and Asthma
  10. Meningitis
  11. Poisoning
  12. Fractures and soft tissue injuries
  13. Burns first aid
  14. Head Injuries and Eye Injuries

Please note forthcoming changes to requirement for First Aid Training

Update from Feb 27th 2018

Tusla has extended the date FROM JANUARY 2019 to 1st JUNE 2020

First Aid Response (FAR) is the first aid course that will accepted by the early years for the purpose of compliance. At least one person with FAR should be available on the premises. First Aid Response (FAR) developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) and delivered by Canavan Byrne through our Health and safety Partners is approved by PHECC and therefore meets the required standard for compliance with the revised regulation in early years registered services. Only one FAR trained person is required to be on the premises at any time. Proportionally more will be required in bigger services. No specific figures have been confirmed or are available yet for the bigger services. We recommend that there should be one FAR qualified first aider available at all times depending on your opening times and rostering of staff.


The Early Years Inspectorate is accepting evidence of certificate of training of First Aid for Children on inspection. Such certification is from a wide variety of training. Where a service provides evidence of person(s) trained in First Aid for Children and available to children at all times the regulatory requirement is deemed to have been met. This will continue to be acceptable until the 31st May 2020.

Course Duration and Delivery

Inservice Training Public Training This is a one day course when delivered as Inservice Training or Public Training Event. When delivered as a webinar, the webinar is a half day and practicals will take place when the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, in a physical location.

Course Booking

Paediatric First Aid. Dublin. 14 Nov 2020

Public Training

Venue: Ayrton Group, Tallaght, Dublin. Date: 14 Nov 2020, 9.15am-4.30pm. Directions: Google map.

Availability: 9