Children's Activity Providers


It can be incredibly confusing trying to work out your legal requirements for first aid provision as a small business working with children, providing activities and learning.

Children’s Activity and Learning Providers will need to comply with HSE legal requirements as well as any additional elements by bodies such as Ofsted.

This article explains your legal duties and duty of care to those who work with you and your customers.

First Aid for Life has numerous free resources to help make your first aid provision as easy as possible and we are very happy to assist you in deciding what constitutes appropriate first aid cover for your business.


HSE legislation:

All employers, whether a sole trader or huge Public-Sector Business, have a legal duty to make arrangements, to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. This legislation is laid out in Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 – updated 2015

It doesn’t matter whether the injury or illness is caused by the work they do, what is important is that they receive immediate attention and that an ambulance is called in serious cases. However, please remember that the ambulance will not arrive instantaneously, and it is vital to know how to give immediate and appropriate first aid and stabilise the casualty whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive.

First aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones. First-aid provision in the workplace covers the arrangements that need to be made to manage injuries or illness suffered at work.


Duty of employer to make provision for first-aid

Every employer has a duty of care to provide, or ensure that there are provided adequate and appropriate facilities and equipment to cater for his employees if they are injured or become ill at work.

An employer should make an assessment of first-aid needs appropriate to the circumstances (hazards and risks) of each workplace.

Where an employer provides first-aiders in the workplace, they should ensure they have undertaken suitable training, have an appropriate first-aid qualification and remain competent to perform their role. Typically, first-aiders will hold a valid certificate of competence in either First Aid at Work (FAW) for high risk businesses with over 50 employees, or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) for smaller businesses with fewer risks or an Appointed Person Qualification – which can be an online course for businesses of less than 20 direct employees. have specialist award-winning paediatric online first aid courses that are fully interactive, cover the full Ofsted syllabus and are suitable for Children’s Activity and Learning Providers who do not need to be Ofsted registered and are less than 20 employees. – CAA members and businesses insured through Morton Michel can get our online courses half price.

You can complete this course in short bursts, stopping and starting as often as you like and retain full access to the training for a whole year.


Although the legal obligation is just for employees, there is a duty of care to your customers and so it is sensible that the First Aid training includes baby and child first aid if relevant to your customer base.




All employers, self-employed people and people in control of work premises have duties under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

They must report certain work-related injuries, cases of ill health and dangerous occurrences. HSE will pass details to the relevant enforcing authority. RIDDOR applies to all work activities but not all incidents are reportable.

It is also advised that people have an accident report book in which they record all incidents, this must be stored in line with the Data Protection Act


First-aid materials, equipment and facilities

When the assessment of first-aid requirements has been completed, the employer should provide the materials, equipment and facilities needed to ensure that the level of necessary cover identified will be available to employees at all relevant times. This will include ensuring that first-aid equipment, suitably marked and easily accessible, is available in all places where working conditions require it.

At FirstAidforLife we can provide you with numerous free posters and information to give out to staff and parents on issues such as head injuries, asthma, anaphylaxis and many more…


Additional training needs

When arranging FAW or EFAW or other equivalent training, employers should let the training organisation know of any particular hazards at their workplace, so training can be tailored to meet those needs.

HSE strongly recommends that first-aiders undertake annual refresher training during any three-year FAW/EFAW certification period.

Employers should also encourage first-aiders to regularly review their course manual and any other instructional materials and allocate them time to do this. It will further help to maintain their first-aid skills.

Prompt and appropriate First aid saves lives, and can prevent minor injuries becoming major ones.

Under health and safety legislation (HSE regulations 1981) employers have to ensure that there are adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities for providing first aid in the workplace.

Ofsted and Early Years Requirements:

If your organisation is Ofsted registered it is also necessary to have someone available on site and off-site for school trips at all times to comply with their requirements.

For the Early Years’ Register it is necessary to have at least one member of the team with a full 12 hour paediatric first aid qualification available at all times per discreet area and including cover for trips and any absence.

The 12 hour course can be completed as a blended learning, with 6 hours pre-learning on line, followed by 6 hours in the classroom.

For more information on our paediatric courses please click here


It is strongly advised that you attend a Practical or online First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency. Please visit or Tel 0208 675 4036 for more information about our courses.

First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information.

Emma Hammett, First Aid for Life

Tel: 0208 675 4036

First Aid for Life is an award winning First Aid training business that is HSE and Ofqual Approved through Qualsafe Awards. Our trainers are medical and emergency services professionals and our training is tailored to your needs


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