A teddy bear in a bandage with a 1st aid boxEveryone knows how easy it is for infants and children to injure themselves and how quickly they can become very ill. It is therefore, highly beneficial if parents and nannies alike are trained and aware of what to do in emergency medical situations.

Unless nannies are registered on the Ofsted childcare register, they are not required by law to have completed a Paediatric first Aid course but it is extremely beneficial if they do so, to ensure the utmost safety of their charges. If nannies chose to become registered they are then required to complete a 12-hour paediatric first Aid course.  Likewise, parents can find it very useful to learn how to deal with emergency first aid situations, which can sometimes save their child’s life.

Online-based courses

Finding the correct course can be a minefield, as there are many options available to both parents and nannies. There are various options available and a quick online search will direct you to different companies offering online courses. Whilst online courses can be useful in gaining some background knowledge about what to do in the event of an emergency situation, they are not accredited by Ofsted and will not be accepted for nannies wishing to becoming registered. Parents, who do not need an accredited course, can find online courses beneficial, comfortable and accessible as content is accessed online only.


Practical classroom courses

Parents and nannies that choose or need an accredited Paediatric First Aid will need to complete a 12-hour course. Participants first study the material required and then take an informal practical examination to display their competency in administrating first aid in different situations involving young infants and children. Accredited courses will provide learners with a certificate that is valid for 3 years. Nannies (and parents) that don’t need an accredited course can choose to complete a 6-hour one.

Review of courses

  • British Red Cross- The British Red Cross offer a comprehensive practical 6 or 12-hour Paediatric first aid course for anybody wishing to learn about first aid for babies and children. It costs £95 and registration is completed online, by typing your postcode in and finding your nearest venue.
  • First Aid for lifeThis Company offers both online and practical tailored learning to meet your needs. You can choose from an accredited classroom based or online course depending on your circumstances. Costs vary between £87- £135, depending on which course you need. This company also offers a free choking sample course.
  • BabyEm- This companies offers a 6-hour paediatric course for nannies and parents for £85. This comes accredited for voluntary registration for nannies. Offers the 6 and 12-hour course.
  • 1st Act ltd This company offers 2 courses; either a 12-hour Ofsted accredited one for £55 or a 6 hours course designed for nannies and interested parents for £30
  • St Johns ambulance- Their course take place over 2 days and are fully accredited to meet Ofsted requirements, cost is £130 and you can search online to find your nearest venue.

Choosing the right provider for your needs is made easy once you have decided what course you require. If you are a parent, you will find online or 6-hour courses very handy. These courses will help you to learn and feel more confident when dealing with possible medical situations involving your children.

For nannies, a 6 hour or 12 hour course can greatly improve your skills and help you to be confident that in an emergency situation, you can assist your charge to receive the correct attention and care to keep the situation from becoming worse.  If you want to become Ofsted registered, it’s worth going straight for the 12 hour accredited course that will provide you with a certificate for 3 years upon successful completion.

Whatever course you chose, I hope you are clearer on the current, most useful first aid courses offered in the UK at the moment.


Written by Amy: Amy is a British Nanny and Governess with a Background in Childcare and Social Work. She is currently working with a team of Nannies as a Special Needs Governess.