First Aid (6.9)

Policy statement:

 Our staff are able to take action to apply first aid treatment in the event of an accident involving a child or adult. All our staff have a current 12 hour paediatric first aid certificate. The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children. All our staff have undertaken 12 hours of first aid training for infants, young children & adults.


 The first aid kit

Our first aid kit is accessible at all times and contains the following items:

  • Triangular bandages (ideally at least one should be sterile) x 4.
  • Sterile dressings:
  • Small x 3.
  • Medium x 3.
  • Large x 3.
  • Composite pack containing 20 assorted (individually-wrapped) plasters x 1.
  • Sterile eye pads (with bandage or attachment) e.g. No 16 dressing x 2.
  • Container of 6 safety pins x 1.
  • Guidance card as recommended by HSE x 1.

In addition, the following equipment is kept near to the first aid box:

  • 2 pairs of disposable plastic (PVC or vinyl) gloves.
  • The first aid box is easily accessible to adults and is kept out of the reach of children.
  • There is a named person in the setting who is responsible for checking and replenishing the first aid box contents.
  • Medication is only administered in line with our Administering Medicines policy.
  • In the case of minor injury or accidents, first aid treatment is given by a qualified first aider.
  • In the event of minor injuries or accidents, we normally inform parents when they collect their child, unless the child is unduly upset or we have concerns about the injury. In which case we will contact the child’s parents for clarification of what they would like to do, i.e. whether they wish to collect the child and/or take them to their own GP.
  • An ambulance is called for children requiring emergency treatment. We contact parents immediately and inform them of what has happened and where their child has been taken.
  • Parents sign a consent form at registration allowing a staff member to take their child to the nearest Accident and Emergency unit to be examined, treated or admitted as necessary on the understanding that they have been informed and are on their way to the hospital.
  • Accidents and injuries are recorded in our accident record book and, where applicable, notified to the Health and Safety Executive, Ofsted and/or local child protection agencies in line with [our/my] Recording and Reporting of Accident and Incidents Policy.
  • When a colleague is injured we would administer first aid. In an instance of a serious accident that required off-site medical assistance, then we would call the staff members emergency contact/ and or call for an ambulance if needed.

The procedure we follow when dealing with a situation that required a staff member to administer first aid.

  1. Staff who are dealing with the injured child/adult to reassure and/or comfort as required.
  2. Assess the injury and take the necessary first aid action. This member of staff should stay with the child and ask for help from another member of staff to supply the ice pack/get the first aid kit
  3. The member of staff who has dealt with the incident must record it in the accident book and ask parents/carers to sign it at the end of the day.
  4. In the event of a serious injury, all other children must be removed from the immediate area to avoid trauma by a staff member and supervised. A member of staff will take charge of the casualty and administer emergency first aid treatment. Another staff member will be asked to call the emergency services and notify parents/carers.
  5. If parents are not contactable then 2 member of staff will travel with the child to hospital. (only if ratios allow).
  6. Necessary arrangements will be made for the remaining children in the setting to ensure that ratios are maintained. If this is not possible, then parents will be contacted to collect their children.
  7. A record of the incident and procedures followed will be taken and OFSTED will be notified in the event of a serious incident or death.

 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)

Other useful Pre-school Learning Alliance publications
Medication Record (2013)


This Policy was adopted by:  Reepham Nursery School
Updated: June 2019
Date to be reviewed:  June 2019
Signed on behalf of the management committee:  T Digby- Chairperson.