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New consultations on first aid and SEND

First aid qualifications

As part of the Childcare Bill, the government is consulting the childcare sector, health professionals, parents and local authorities in England on whether to make it compulsory for all newly qualified early years staff to hold either a full Paediatric First Aid (PFA) or an emergency PFA certificate if they are to count towards adult:child ratios under the EYFS.

Currently, there must be at least one paediatric first aider available at all times in early years settings. 

A campaign by parents Joanne and Dan Thompson has highlighted the need for a review of first aid training. Their daughter Millie died in 2012 after choking at nursery. More than 100,000 people signed their online petition calling for first aid training to be compulsory in childcare and early years settings. 

If approved, the requirement will come into force on 1 September 2016. PACEY will be responding to the consultation and will be asking for your views to compile our response. If you would like to respond directly you can find details of the consultation and how to respond here. The closing date is 10 December 2015.

Local area SEND inspections

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission are jointly consulting on the inspection of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of disabled children and young people and those who have special educational needs

Under the Children Act 2004, local areas have a duty to fulfil their responsibilities towards disabled children and young people and those who have special educational needs. The consultation sets out the principles under which Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission plan to undertake these joint inspections. 

PACEY will be gathering the views of its members - especially those with expertise or an interest in disability or special educational needs - to inform our response. If you would like to respond yourself, you can find full details of the consultation here. The closing date for the consultation is 4 January 2016.

Liz Bayram, PACEY's Chief Executive, said,

"These are two very important consultations and we look forward to canvassing our members to ensure we represent their views and experiences. We welcome the opportunity to input into plans to help settings support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). We know that settings can struggle to get the support and funding they need to ensure they meet the needs of children with SEND, and we encourage our members to share their experience. 

"We also welcome the consutlation on paediatric first aid requirements. We know from our PACEY forums and Facebook page that our members feel strongly about their responsibilty for the safety of the children in their settings. We look forward to representing the views of our members to the Department for Education to ensure that childcare professionals are supported to meet any new requirements."

Helpful information and links

First aid training from PACEY

First aid kits

SEND Code of Practice

Supporting Children With Special Needs