WHY TEACH FIRST AID TO CHILDREN?
For the past 23 years I have worked in a primary school as a first aider. My first aid journey began well before this, at around age 8 as a member of my local Brownie pack. I took pride in my ability to assist if there was ever a need, and this was a great source of self esteem.
Fast forward to 15 year old me, where I found myself in a situation where my own Dad needed help. I knew I needed to help and what to do, but found the situation overwhelming. I lacked the confidence to take control. I knew enough to call an ambulance and get adult help but at this point, my Dad needed CPR. The adults around me didn't realise that I might have been able to help.
I lost my Dad that day.
I have been left with a passion to teach children basic first aid, and to help them understand that they can do something if they are ever in a similar situation.
Since taking voluntary redundancy, I am now teaching first aid in primary schools and after school clubs.
South Street Primary School, Gateshead
For the last 23 years I have worked as an HLTA and named first aider in South Street Primary School, Gateshead. During this time I have gained a lot of experience working with whole classes and delivered lessons right across the curriculum. Over the years I have attended numerous first aid courses including: First Aid at work (Aqua), Paediatric First Aid (Nuco), Asthma training, Diabetic training, Allergy/Anaphylaxis in Schools and Defibrillator training. I have an enhanced DBS which can be viewed on the DBS update service website. I am fully insured and can provide a risk assessment if required.
I have also had opportunities to teach First Aid to some of the children in my school throughout the key stages.
Our children gained so much from the first aid skills they were shown. The delivery was outstanding, the language and terminology used was pitched to the children's level. They were engaged in thought and through practical work. The sessions were interactive and fun whilst always maintaining the serious message that they make a difference to someone in need of help should the situation arise.
June has such warm manner with the pupils and they hit it off from lesson one. Every child was able to complete their sessions confident in the knowledge that they can be more considerate of the potential risks that they may encounter as they grown up. Yet at the same time, enjoy a period of their lives where calculated risks are often a vital part of growing up.
Mr John Archer
Upper Key Stage Two Team
Leader and PE Coordinator
South Street Community Primary School
Little Heroes offers curriculum lead First Aid training for children. Classes are delivered by a fully qualified First Aider with over 20 years of experience as a Primary School Teaching Assistant and 9 years as an HLTA. The sessions are perfect for groups or as PPA cover for teachers and flexible enough to suit all pupil requirements.
First Aid is to be part of the National Curriculum for primary school children from 2020 and requires a teacher/HLTA who is also a fully qualified first aider or first aid trainer to deliver these lessons.
Our aim is to offer children an opportunity to gain valuable first aid knowledge that could help them deal with a potentially worrying situation in a confident and caring way. Knowing what to do in an emergency is a life skill every child should have.
OVERVIEW OF CLASSES
What do we cover
What is a first aider?
How to dress a wound
Understanding how we breath
Recognising when someone is unwell
CPR (chest compressions only)
Full class package from £300. Number of lessons with vary based on class size/PPA requirements.
How this supports
EARLY LEARNING GOALS
Responding to instructions
Washing and drying hands
Using equipment safely
Observing affects of activity on the body
Role of a first aider
Assessment and primary survey
Wounds and bleeding
Bones, joints and muscle injuries
Head and spinal injuries
Recognising life threatening injuries
Full class package 6 x1hr £300
How this supports
NATIONAL CURRICULUM 2020
Basic first aid
How to make a clear and efficient call to emergency services
Concepts of first aid, eg dealing with common injuries including head injuries.
Health and Prevention
Personal hygiene - the importance of hand washing
How to recognise the early signs of physical illness.
EMERGENCY FIRST AID WORKSHOP
Emergency Workshops are designed for 2 sessions of 15 children (1class) over a morning. The session covers Basic First Aid including recovery position, head injuries, CPR and how to use a defibrillator. We use resuscitation dummies and AEDs also looking at personal safety, knowing when and how to make an effective emergency call. All aspects required for National Curriculum are covered. Cost £175