To be compliant with the Childcare Act 1991 (Early Years Services)(Amendment) Regulations 2016, a person trained in “first aid for children” is required to be available to the children in a pre-school service at all times.
The Department of Children & Youth Affairs recommends that early years staff who are availing of first-aid training for the first time should undertake the First Aid Response (FAR) training course from a PHECC Recognised Institution. Order of Malta Ireland is one such institution.
The FAR Standard, which was developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), offers appropriate training to individuals who require a first aid skill set for both adults and children. In addition to setting the standard, PHECC is responsible for approving organisations to become PHECC-recognised institutions to deliver the training. This means that the quality of the training delivered by these organisations and their instructors is approved by PHECC.
Also, as the owner or manager of a pre-school service is responsible for the welfare of their employees under Health & Safety Legislation they must have adequate training in place for accidents that may occur in the workplace – the First Aid Response standard is recognised by the Health & Safety Authority for such purposes.
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