Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills

At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate is on the premises at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings.



The provider must ensure there is a first aid box accessible at all times with appropriate content for use with children. Providers must keep a written record of accidents or injuries and first aid treatment.


BCC – The Ark Preschool and Daycare




3.2 First aid


Policy statement


In our setting, staff are able to take action to apply first aid treatment in the event of an accident involving a child or adult. All staff working in the setting are trained and have a current First Aid & Paediatric certificate. The first aid qualification includes first aid training for babies, infants and young people. We ensure that first aid training is local authority approved and is relevant to staff caring for young children.




1.   The first aid kit – stored in the high white cupboard in the main cupboard


Our first aid kit is accessible at all times, complies with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

and contains the following items:

  • Triangular bandages  x 2

  • Micropore tape

  • Sterile dressings:

  • Small x 3

  • Large x 3

  •  Composite pack containing 20 assorted (individually-wrapped) plasters x 1.

  • Wound Cleaning wipes x 6

  • Plastic Finger applicator and tubular dressing

  • Cool packs (stored in fridge and freezer to be disinfected after each use).

  • Sterile eye pads (with bandage or attachment).

  • Sterile Eye Wash Pods x 3 (eye bath)

  • Container of 6 safety pins x 1.

  • Plastic splinter tweezers

  • Blunt clothing removing scissors

  • Resusiciguard

  • First Aid Manual.


In addition to the first aid equipment, there are:

  • 2 pairs of disposable plastic (PVC or vinyl) gloves.

  • 1 plastic disposable apron.

  • A children’s forehead ‘strip’ thermometer.

  • The first aid box is easily accessible to adults and is kept out of the reach of children.

  • Children’s Parcetamol

  • No un-prescribed medication is given to children unless a child is suffering with a fever and the parents have been contacted.

  • At the time of each child’s admission to the setting, parents' written permission for obtaining emergency medical advice or treatment is sought. Parents sign and date their written approval.

  • Parents sign a consent form at registration allowing staff to take their child to the nearest Accident and Emergency unit to be examined, treated or admitted as necessary on the understanding that parents have been informed and are on their way to the hospital.


2     Second First Aid Bag for outdoor trips and Forest School is also stored in the cupboard 


      Contents as in Kit 1 with the addition of instant cool packs and a foil blanket


3      Third Mobile First Aid Box in case of fire/emergency exit

  • Large sterile dressing x 2

  • Eye pad sterile dressing x 2

  • Medium sterile dressing x 6

  • Triangular bandage x 4

  • Alcohol free wipes x 10

  • Washproof plasters x 2 bags

  • Medium gloves x 3 pairs

  • HSE guidance leaflet x 1

  • Low adherent pad (5cm x 5cm) x 5

  • Resusciade x 1

  • Non woven swab 4 ply (5cm x 5cm) x 1

  • Scissors x 1 pair

  • 1.25cm x 5m microporous tape x 1

  • Size 01 x 20m sterogauze x 1

  • Sterogauze applicator x 1

  • Foil blanket x1

  • Fever strip x 1


Legal framework


  •  Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (1981)


Further guidance


  • First Aid at Work: Your questions answered (HSE Revised 2009)

  • Basic Advice on First Aid at Work (HSE Revised 2008)

  • Guidance on First Aid for Schools (DfEE)

This policy was adopted at a meeting of BCC – The Ark Preschool & Daycare

Held on November 2019

Date to be reviewed December 2020


Signed on behalf of the provider

Name of signatory Penny Osborne

Role of signatory (e.g. chair, director or owner) Registered person/Chair person


Other useful Pre-school Learning Alliance publications


  • Medication Administration Record (2017

  • Parentsl Agreement for Provider to Administer Medicine

  • Health Care Plan

  • Ambulance Request Form