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The “In Safe Hands” Award for Childcare Settings

Introduction

The First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) have been asked by Stakeholders with the First Aid Industry to create an Award for Childcare

Settings within the United Kingdom.

The “In Safe Hands” Award is about Quality Assurance and Numbers of Paediatric Trained First Aiders in Childcare Setting (Nurseries, Pre Schools and Childminding Operatives).

Partnerships

FAIB is working in partnership with Cardiac Science and Flat Stan First Aid in order to promote the Award.

Support

The In Safe Hands Award is supported by our Local Member of Parliament William Wragg M.P. who said “there is a great deal of excellent work being done to promote the provision of first aid within the childcare environments. This award provides an alternative means of giving parents reassurance to know that if their child is taken ill that there are sufficient paediatric first aiders available to deal with the situation and consequently safeguard their children.

“I am keen to encourage all childcare providers in and around my constituency and indeed across the UK to strengthen their First Aid capabilities in this way and celebrate the excellent people and Training Providers working within this Industry.”

The Department for Education said “Genuine award schemes designed to ensure that more people in childcare settings have the Paediatric first aid training they need so that they are able to deal with accidents and injuries for very young children are to be welcomed”.

“The Department of Education welcomes such schemes provided all are aimed at ensuring that staff in childcare settings are well trained and able to respond to emergencies quickly. I hope that the ‘In Safe Hands award’ scheme is successful in doing that”.

The In Safe Hands Award

To gain the Award the Childcare setting has to achieve a minimum of:

35% of staff Trained in Paediatric First Aid (12 hours) and

35% of staff Trained in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (6 hours)

Please Note: At least one Trained Paediatric First Aid (12 hours) Member of Staff must be deployed AT ALL TIMES within the Child Care Setting during opening hours and on Outings.

Compliance Requirements

Each Childcare Setting must have a Compliance Folder that contains the following:
◾A Paediatric First Aid Training Tracker.
◾A First Aid Emergency Procedure Guide.
◾A First Aid Risk Assessment.
◾A Health & Safety Risk Assessment.

Administration
◾The cost of the “In Safe Hands” Award is £20 + VAT per year for each Childcare setting.
◾The Childcare setting achieving the “In Safe Hands” Award will be listed in geographical areas on the FAIB website (with an e mail link if requested).
◾The Childcare setting must complete a return (showing the number type of Paediatric First Aider) every 6 months signed by the Settings (OFSTED) Registered person. If the 6 monthly return is not completed (at the 6 month stage) then the Childcare setting will be suspended (temporarily) and the setting removed from the FAIB website.
◾An annual Certificate of registration will be sent out to the Childcare facility electronically.
◾The childcare setting will have the opportunity to purchase an “In Safe Hands” plaque showing the In Safe Hands Registration number. (Cost approx. £30 + VAT)

Partnerships

Cardiac Science
◾Our campaign is also being supported by Cardiac Science. FAIB wants to encourage more Defibrillators being placed in workplaces and particularly in Childcare settings. As an incentive all Childcare settings will be able to purchase a Cardiac Science defibrillator from FAIB at a greatly discounted price.

Flat Stan First Aid
◾FAIB is also supported by and working with Flat Stan First Aid as part of this campaign and so promoting the idea of First Aid to children as young as 2 years old.

Parents Paediatric First Aid Course
◾As part of this campaign in Childcare settings, FAIB is also introducing a Parents Paediatric First Aid course as part of the range of courses that FAIB Registered Training Providers can provide.

Finally

Ian Kershaw MBE, Managing Director of FAIB and Ex-Head of First Aid for the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) said: “We are passionate about promoting the highest levels of first aid and training to as many people as possible to feel competent and confident in their role as a first aider”.

“This is especially relevant within the pre-school childcare environment and we are delighted to have developed the “In Safe Hands” Award, recognising such excellent staff knowledge

within Paediatric first aid, after being asked to do so from stakeholders within the First Aid Industry.”

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