1.21 First Aid

Promoting health and hygiene


1.21 First aid


Policy statement

In our setting staff are able to take action to apply first aid treatment in the event of an accident involving a child or adult. At least one member of staff with current first aid training is on the premises or on an outing at any one time. The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children. Newly qualified staff who achieved an early years qualification at level 2 or 3 on or after 30 June 2016 will only be included in our adult:child ratios if they have a paediatric first aid certificate.



The First Aid Kits

Our first aid kits (one is located in the kitchen and the other in the outside toilet) comply with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and contain the following items only.


  • Triangular bandages x 4 – ideally one should be sterile.
  • Sterile dressings – Small x 3, Medium x 5, Large x 3
  • At least 20 assorted, individually wrapped plasters
  • Sterile eye pads x 2
  • Forehead strip thermometer x 1
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Micropore tape
  • Scissors
  • Container of 6 x safety pins
  • Disposable non-latex gloves – 2 pairs
  • Disposable apron x1
  • Plastic bags for disposal of soiled wipes/dressings x 2
  • Guidance Card as recommended by HSE x 1
  • In additional ice should be kept available in the freezer.

Our other first aid box, which is located in the office, contains 2 travel first aid kits, each suitable for 15 children. We have a ‘mobile’ first aid kit for emergencies which is located in the disabled toilet.


All our first aid boxes are easily accessible to adults and are kept out of the reach of children. No un-prescribed medication is given to children, parents or staff.  At the time of admission to the setting, parents’ written permission for emergency medical advice or treatment is sought.  Parents sign and date their written approval.  Parents sign a consent form at registration allowing staff to take their child to the nearest Accident and Emergency unit to be examined, treated or admitted as necessary, on the understanding that every effort has been made to contact parents or emergency contacts to inform them that their child is on their way to the hospital.


All Cullompton Pre-School key persons carry whistles to alert other members of staff of an emergency situation. We have display ‘What to do in an emergency’ posters for guidance.  A mobile telephone, from the office, will be used to communicate with emergency services if necessary.


Legal framework

  • Health and Safety (First Aid ) Regulations (1981)

Further guidance

  • First Aid at Work: Your questions answered (HSE Revised 2009)
  • Basic Advice on First Aid at Work (HSE Revised 2008)
  • Guidance on First Aid for Schools (DfEE)

Other useful Pre-school Learning Alliance publications

  • First Aid Management Record (2016)
  • Medication Administration Record (2015)

This policy was adopted at a meeting at Cullompton Pre-School on 31st March 2011.

Reviewed by Staff on:


12th September 2016 (MW, AJ, LB)
Reviewed by Committee on:


3rd October 2016
Date of next review:


September 2019
Signed on behalf of the Management


S Lush
Name of Signatory (printed):


Sarah Lush
Role of Signatory (e.g. Chairperson)





This policy has been amended to a two yearly review period and, as such, will be reviewed and signed off at a management committee meeting of Cullompton Pre-School each year, as shown below.




Previously reviewed on:- 18th April 2012




Jo Fellows, Chairperson


Previously reviewed on:- 10th June 2013




Michael Hall, Chairperson
Previously reviewed on:-








Previously reviewed on:-