The last two Saturdays I have been a classroom learner again. As part of the process of making Tuition Canterbury an ‘Ofsted registered’ centre (more on this in later posts) I have had to qualify myself as a provider of First Aid. This has involved going along, with 6 others in the childcare sector, to a class in ‘Paediatric First Aid for Child Carers’ in Ashford, and learning – or at least getting better aquainted with – the basics of responding to a First Aid emergency. Last week we were primarily dealing with the patient who has stopped breathing – ie. requires resuscitation; or is breathing but unconscious – and so may need placing into the recovery position. Yesterday, apart from revising those procedures, we considered seizures and burns and amputations and electric shock: we also practised simple ways of making a sling from a triangular bandage.
There is no written exam, which in way was a disappointment; I think I would like to have had a follow-up test after, say, a month. But as they are, these courses are expensive to provide and to attend, so I should perhaps not wish for things that would add to cost.
We were issued a booklet Paediatric First Aid Made Easy, about the size and length of the Highway Code, and equivalent in level of difficulty (roughly) to a core GCSE revision guide. This will be my reference for the next three years (after which I shall have to take a refresher course); I hope it will be only for reference, and not be needed as an instant handbook.