First Aid in Childcare, new recommendations.

UPDATE Jan 2018,

In their December newsletter, TUSLA state that all refresher, renewal and new first aid training MUST be First Aid Response. See page 3 of newsletter here


January 2017

Just Out from Tusla, First Aid Response is the recommended course for Childcare Industry. STAC is currently the only company approved to deliver this course.

Q:How can staff be sure that the training they are undertaking is up to standard?
A: There is no accredited first aid course specifically for use with children and it has been the practice for staff in early years services to undertake training that has been adapted to take account of pediatric emergencies. There is no suggestion that this training has been below standard. However, because the training courses are not accredited, there has been no guarantee of quality. The DCYA recommends that early years staff who are availing of first aid training for the first time should undertake the First Aid Response (FAR) training from a training provider – also known as a “recognised institution” - approved by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC). The FAR Standard, which was developed by PHECC, offers appropriate training to individuals who require a first aid skill set for both adults and children. In addition to setting the standard, PHECC is responsible for approving organisations to become PHECC-recognised institutions to deliver the training. This means that the quality of the training delivered by these organisations and their instructors is approved by PHECC.

Read more on our First Aid Responder Course here 

You can read full Tusla FAQ document here 

You can see our approval with PHECC here.