First aid requirements
Services are reminded that the first aid requirement can be met by one staff member who holds a current approved first aid qualification, anaphylaxis management training and emergency asthma management training. The staff member must be in attendance and immediately available in an emergency.
Services should in the first instance consider adjusting the staff roster to make sure one rostered staff member is suitably first aid qualified.
Services and educators are encouraged to pursue available online options to complete first aid refresher training.
- The Commonwealth Government's website lists a range of first aid refresher training providers who are offering online options.
- The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) also provides further information about on their website.
If first aid qualification requirements cannot be met, you may apply for a temporary waiver if staff have been unable to complete first aid refresher training due to COVID-19 as outlined above.
Provision of routine care and first aid
Physical distancing is not practical when providing direct care. In this situation, standard precautions, including hand hygiene, are important for infection control.
Always wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser before and after performing routine care or first aid.
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Reviewed 18 February 2021