Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA)
Level 3 VTQ
One-day / 6-hour 

The EPFA course meets the training needs of nannies, families, parents/grandparents and anyone working in Early Years where another team member has a full Paediatric First Aid (PFA) certificate.

OFSTED states that a risk assessment is required. This will ensure you have the right number of staff qualified in first aid for your own setting.

If you are a lone worker, a childminder or listed on the compulsory OFSTED register you MUST possess the full Paediatric First Aid qualification.

£90 per learner at our venues


Discounts automatically apply for multiple bookings

Further discounts available when we come to you to train your team

  • Entry-level paediatric first aid course

  • Forms unit one of the full Paediatric First Aid qualification

  • Ideal for parents, families and child care workers who don't require the full Paediatric First Aid certificate

  • 3-year validity

  • Minimum age 16

  • Independently quality assured

  • Conforms to CPD requirement, providing a 6-hour CPD statement 

  • Fully certified, Nationally recognised

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Who needs this qualification?

Your workplace will identify the right course and qualification that you need. They establish this in their risk assessment for first aid provision.

The Emergency First Aid at Work (EPFA) Level 3 qualification is suitable for nannies, parents and grandparents. Suitable where another team member holds the full paediatric qualification.

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Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA)

Is this course for me?

This Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA) Level 3 course is the latest 2019 version. The EPFA qualification is the entry-level Paediatric First Aid course and forms the unit 1 of the full Paediatric first aid course. In many situations, if your intention is to register with Ofsted you will need the full 12-hour or two-day qualification. EPFA qualifications are designed for parents, families or those working in childcare who are not required to hold the full Paediatric First Aid certificate.

Does this course meet the standard I require?

Our courses are delivered, evaluated and quality assured, meeting guidelines set out by the HSE in October 2017. They also meet the requirements of First Aid at Work (First Aid) regulations 1981 and 2016. This qualification meets UK and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015 as per HSE requirements. VTQ qualifications are fully recognised by the HSE as Trade Body Qualifications. This course also complies with all NCMA guidelines and Ofsted requirements.

Is blended training recognised?

Yes, good news! In May 2016 the HSE and Awarding Organisations announced that computer-based blended training is now allowed for all workplace first aid courses. The blended course meets all requirements of the HSE and Awarding Organisations and is available as an IPS Safety Training or Regulated Qualification. The Department of Education (DoE) recognises Blended Paediatric First Aid in the EYFS Framework of 1st September 2021 - the IPS Safety Training Paediatric First Aid course complies with all aspects.

How do I renew this qualification?

Currently, there is no specific requalification course for Emergency Paediatric First Aid. To requalify you simply take the course again to requalify for a further three year period. Each time you sit the course, all updates from the proceeding three years will be included.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Our courses have a minimum age requirement of 16. You must be over 16 years of age to take an IPS Safety Training course.

Can I earn CPD (Continuous Professional Development) points?

All IPS Safety Training courses have been independently certified as conforming to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines. Certificates and qualifications that we provide include a CPD statement as well as the IPS Safety Training certificate. For online courses an evidence based learning statement is also provided. The EPFA qualification comes with 6 hours of CPD, although the time to complete the course online may be less than this.

What topics will be covered?

  • Aims & principles of first aid for infants and children
  • Anaphylaxis & Auto-injector use
  • Asthma
  • Bleeding (inc. nose bleeds)
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Managing unconscious casualties
  • Fractures and breaks
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Basic life support (CPR)
  • Other specific conditions

How does the blended training course work?

A blended course gives exactly the same qualification as if you had attended a traditional classroom course. The difference is that the course is split into two parts. Part-one includes various theory-based modules presented in short videos followed by brief multiple-choice test questions. This allows you to stop, start and repeat each section at your own pace. All you require is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC with an internet connection. Part-two is taken once you have completed part-one. This part of the course allows you to put the theory into practice. With the help of an instructor and the necessary equipment you will learn to apply your knowledge to various first aid scenarios. You will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and build your confidence.

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