2016 Revised Regulations
The 30th June 2016 saw the commencement of the revised Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. In accordance with Regulation 25 a registered provider is required to ensure that there is a person trained in First Aid for children immediately available at all times to the pre-school children at- tending the early years service.
First Aid Response (FAR)
The Early Years Inspectorate recognise the first aid training course: First Aid Response (FAR) developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) and delivered by a training provider ap-proved by PHECC as meeting the required standard for compliance with the revised regulation in early years registered services.
PHECC is responsible for approving organisations to become PHECC recognised institutions to quality as-sure the delivery of the FAR training standard. It is important when accessing FAR training that the PHECC certified FAR Instructor is recognised by PHECC.
The FAR offers appropriate training for individuals who require a first aid skill set for both adults and children. The FAR standard includes the full Cardiac First Response Community programme covering the skills of adult, child and infant CPR and relief of choking.
All successful course participants are given joint PHECC/Recognised Institution FAR certificates The certificate expires after two years at which time candi-dates may recertify.
From the 1st September 2017:
Early year’s staff availing of First Aid Training for the first time must undertake FAR training.
Early year’s staff seeking to renew their qualification must undertake FAR training.
Early Years staff seeking a refresher course must undertake the FAR training.
The Early Years Inspectorate will recognise training and education and assessment relating to certified First Aid courses, the QQI’s level (5N1207) and the refresher certification that took place up to the 31st August 2017. This will be accepted until January 2019.
(Please note that it is possible that the QQI component certificate could be dated post 31 August 2017, e.g. October or December 2017 – in such instances where the course has been undertaken prior to 31st August 2017 this certification will be accepted).
Documentary evidence of in date certification is required in all instances.