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IQ Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)


Qualification Number 601/3800/2
Title IQ Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)
Category National
Sector General Skills
Operational Start Date 01/09/2014
Operational End Date 30/09/2015
Total Units 2 Min Credit 3
Min Guided Learning Hours 22 Max Guided Learning Hours 22
Min Age From 16 Min Age To 100

Qualification Fee : £9.00

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

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About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) is aimed at individuals who intend to develop and gain formal recognition of their knowledge, understanding and skills of Paediatric First Aid. The qualification is applicable to those with responsibility for infants or children in any setting. By completing the two mandatory units, all learners will cover the essentials of Paediatric First Aid, including roles and responsibilities, assessing emergency situations, acting safely and effectively and providing First Aid to infants and children in a variety of situations. These situations could relate to breathing, being unresponsive, foreign body airway obstructions, wounds, bleeding, shock, fractures, dislocations; head, neck and back injuries; conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose; chronic medical conditions, sudden illnesses, extremes of temperature, electric shock, burns, scalds, poisoning, bites and stings. Objectives of the qualification include preparing learners to progress to a qualification at the same level – i.e. IQ Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) IQ Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF), requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.

This qualification replaces the IQ Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid  (QCF)  600/8676/2 and centres who are already approved to offer this qualification will be automatically approved to offer the new one.


Learners who achieve the IQ Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) can progress to other qualifications including: IQ Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

IQ Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve 3 credits from both of the mandatory units.

IQ Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)
Mandatory GroupMinimum Units:2
 Minimum Credits:3
 H/506/0792Emergency Paediatric First Aid3110
 D/506/0791Managing paediatric illness, injuries and emergencies3212


Assessment of this qualification is by Portfolio of Evidence and Practical Demonstration/ Assignment which is quality assured by IQ. The Achievement Record Workbook provided by IQ, and available to download from the website, should be used by centres to record all assessment. All assessment criteria must be met.

The demonstration of practical skills: These can be assessed during or after delivery, a record of the learner’s performance must be completed by the assessor in the Achievement Record Workbook.

Internal Verification must be carried out in accordance with centre procedures. All Assessment is subject to external quality assurance by IQ.

The knowledge-based components: These can be assessed by written question and answer or by oral questioning; questions are available in the Achievement Record/Workbook. If using written question and answer this should be internally marked by the assessor. If using oral questions and answer the answers should be recorded as well as marked by the assessor in the Achievement Record/Workbook.

Assessment must be reliable and robust, determine a learner’s ability to act safely, promptly and effectively when an emergency occurs at work and to deal with a casualty and must meet the requirements of the Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications (Appendix A) and Skills for Care and Development's QCF Assessment Principles (Appendix B). ). Assessment may take place at any time during the delivery of the qualification and does not need to be done as a final assessment. It is however a requirement for the learner to be aware that assessment is taking place. Further guidance for each unit can be found in the assessment guidance relevant to each unit. All Assessment Criteria must be met in both units to achieve this qualification.

Claiming competence

The centre should enter the results for all units on IQR once they have been signed off by the assessor. Unit results may be entered individually as each unit is signed off by the assessor or as a whole once all necessary units have been completed and signed off by the assessor.

For centres with Direct claim status:

Qualification certificates will automatically be issued once pass results have been entered by the centre on IQR against all the relevant units (all the units necessary for the learner to achieve the qualification). Unit certificates will only be issued if requested by the centre on IQR, please note that there is a charge for unit certificates.  For centres who do not have direct claim status:

An External Verifier (EV) will be appointed, once you have registered your first cohort of learners, in order to carry out IQ Quality Assurance Procedures and report on your accredited qualification/s. They will make at least one visit to your centre each year and will issue an EV Report form after each visit. Please note that Learner certificates will not be issued until after the first EV visit has happened and your centre has been satisfactorily verified by the EV.

The EV communicates with IQ through the EV Report form, which ensures sufficient sampling of evidence in order to confirm that IQ quality standards are being applied before the issue of any certificates. In line with Ofqual’s requirements we ask you to ensure that all assessment records and tracking documentation are up to date and complete before each of the EV visits. All such records should be available to the EV and kept for a period of 2 years from the date of learner completion. Please ensure you keep, as a condition of this approval, a complete copy of the Centre Approval documentation you have issued to us, as from time to time the EV and other IQ personnel may wish to review such documentation.


IQ Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) certificates are valid for 3 years. In order to re-qualify after 3 years learners must be assessed against all learning outcomes and assessment criteria in the units. Learners must re-qualify prior to the expiry of their held qualification as if a workplace first aider’s certificate expires, they will not be accepted as a first aider for the purposes of the First Aid at Work Regulations until they have re-taken the qualification.

For further information on re-qualifying see Appendix A at the end of this document.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 1or above and be proficient in the use of English Language.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers/assessors and internal verifiers delivering this qualification must meet the requirements as per the Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications (Appendix A) and Skills for Care and Development's QCF Assessment Principles (Appendix B).

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification and have access to the facilities and equipment necessary to train in Paediatric First Aid.


Training Venue and Equipment Requirements: Centres must ensure that they have the following

Resuscitation manikins

Should be provided at a minimum ratio of 1 manikin per 4 learners.

For paediatric first aid, 1 child manikin per 4 learners and 1 baby manikin per 4 learners should also be provided.


Sufficient procedures must be in place to ensure hygiene during the use of resuscitation manikins and other training equipment.

AV Equipment and training aids

Sufficient Audio Visual equipment and training aids should be available to facilitate learning using varying teaching methods.

Learning materials

Learners should be provided with clear and accurate reference books/handouts covering the topics included in the qualification.

AED Trainers

For qualifications that include training in the use of an AED, at least one AED trainer should be available per 4 learners. Where fewer AED trainers are provided, learning hours/lesson plans should be adjusted accordingly to ensure learners are not disadvantaged.

Bandages and dressings

Sufficient clean bandages, dressings and other items commonly found in a first aid kit must be available to facilitate training and assessment

Training Venue

The training venue must meet acceptable health and safety standards and be conducive to learning, with sufficient:

Size, floor surfaces, seating, writing surfaces, toilet facilities, ventilation, lighting, heating, access, exits, cleanliness, absence of distracting noise.






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