Are you working with children and want to update your first aid qualifications but are not sure which course is right for you?  It is possible that your choice will be influenced by the requirements of your workplace and the legislation that governs it. 

 

The ‘National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care' was introduced on January 2012 to provide a platform for the standardisation and development of education and care for children in Australia.    The independent national authority, the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) guides the implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care and ensures consistency in delivery

 

So, do I choose….

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, or,

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

 

Under the Education and Care Services National Law, ACECQA must publish lists of approved qualifications, including a list of approved First Aid qualifications.  You may check these qualifications on the ACECQA website by following this link - ACECQA educators and providers qualifications

 

If you are an educator, support staff, a carer or a parent working or volunteering in the early childhood education and care sector, then HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting is most likely the course suitable for you. 

 

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants and children (as well as adults) and satisfies all ACECQA requirements for first aid, anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma response in an early childhood environment. The unit also includes CPR.

 

When making your choice of first aid course, you should note that HLTAID004 is heavily weighted towards those working in early childhood development.  If you are working with youth or adults you might give consideration to the HLTAID003 Provide First Aid program as this is not specific to the early childhood education and care sector but shares much of the same content. 

 

If you are still unsure which course is right for you, contact the Allens Training team for more information – 07 5438 8888 or sunshinecoast@allenstraining.com.au

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