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STA Level 3 in Paediatric First Aid Award

The STA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid qualification is a two-day course designed for those who may be required to manage and perform emergency first aid within a childcare workplace setting. The Paediatric First Aid qualification is a comprehensive qualification covering a wide range of skills and procedures specific to child and infant casualties.

The Learner

The STA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid course is for individuals who work or intend to work in a childcare setting—example roles include nursery nurses, school teachers, teaching assistants and play area staff. Learners who successfully complete this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to be an allocated paediatric first aider for their workplace, with the skills being transferable across a range of industries.

Who does this qualification appeal to?

Learners may complete this qualification as a stepping stone to a career specifically in first aid such as a first aid tutor, alternatively they may undertake this qualification to compliment another role.

STA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid: Family support worker, pre-school teacher, nursery nurse, baby swimming teacher, parent, sports coach, childminder, teaching assistant, school teacher, nursery manager, creche assistant.

The Course

The course is comprised of a mixture of theoretical technical knowledge and practical hands on tasks to enhance the learner experience. The course covers a range of first aid incidents which may occur in a childcare setting including: managing an unresponsive casualty, paediatric CPR, choking, shock, bleeding and wounds, meningitis, hypothermia and heatstroke.

The following units are covered within this qualification:

  • Emergency Paediatric First Aid
  • Managing Paediatric Illness, Injuries and Emergencies


The STA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid qualification is tutor-assessed through the completion of:

  • Completion of a multiple-choice theory assessment paper
  • Practical demonstrations.


This course carries a 3-year validity period, learners are encouraged to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date through regular staff training. HSE strongly recommends first aiders undertake an annual refresher during any 3-year certificate period.

The learner is required to complete a new STA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid course before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified.

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