It is no longer adequate just to hold a HLTAID004 Childcare First Aid certificate! Educators now also need to demonstrate their first aid decision-making & response abilities both during emergencies AND randomly during some Assessment & Rating visits. This change is happening as many educators are not adequately prepared to respond effectively in an emergency which has lead to some devastating outcomes.
In fact, the number of 0-4 year old children injured in childcare services and needing hospitalisation has increased by over 32% in 5 years! There has been a corresponding increase in the risk of liability - not only for the childcare service, but also for individual educators! Some educators have faced fines of up to $300,000 and in one case, even jail time!
The risk of liability has been linked directly to educators choosing to attend first aid courses based on price, instead of quality. However it is not so easy to tell the difference between providers when they all claim to deliver compliant training. So how can you protect yourself!
To minimise the risk, all that is needed is for educators to be more aware of what is required in a first aid course, and choose a first aid provider that covers these basic skills, specialises in the Childcare Sector AND covers the following Key aspects:
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