Earlier this week PACEY raised members’ concerns with the DFE about difficulty accessing Paediatric First Aid (PFA) training to update their qualification due to course cancellations, as well as worries about attending face-to-face courses during the latest national lockdown.
Following these discussions, the Department for Education has now published its updated Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications guidance in light of current coronavirus developments in England. This includes an updated policy around PFA requalification training. This makes clear that if Paediatric First Aid certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, or by complying with related government advice; the validity of current certificates can be extended to 31 March 2021 at the latest. This exemption applies to certificates expiring on or after 1 October 2020.
If asked to do so, providers using this exemption should be able to explain why the first aider has not been able to requalify and demonstrate what steps have taken to access the training. Employers or certificate holders must do their best to arrange requalification training at the earliest opportunity. Anyone who is currently undertaking Ofsted registration will however still need to complete their PFA qualification as it is a requirement of registration.