National Training Provider Teams up with Children’s Charity and

Calls for All to Put ‘Child Safety First’
Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, part of the Busy Bees childcare group, has teamed up with national independent charity Ronald McDonald House Charities, to campaign for more people who regularly care for under 5s, including parents, grandparents and childcare professionals, to become sufficiently skilled and confident in the basics of Paediatric First Aid.
Coinciding with Child Safety Week (6th-12th June 2016), an annual awareness week hosted by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, ‘Child Safety First’ campaign is designed to raise awareness of the importance of Paediatric First Aid training for anyone who cares for children under 5, whether that is a parent in the home or a childcare professional in a nursery setting.

A recent study conducted by a number of credible sources revealed that, although 65% of parents say the thought of their child needing immediate first aid intervention makes them feel worried, 70% of mums and dads in the UK lack first aid skills that would allow them to help their child in a medical emergency.
The campaign also precedes new legislation due to come into effect in September 2016, meaning that all new recruits who hold a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in Childcare must present an Emergency Paediatric First Aid or a full Paediatric First Aid certificate if they are to count towards the staff/qualification ratios under the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
As part of the campaign, Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy and Ronald McDonald House Charities have created a handy A5 booklet containing important information on Paediatric First Aid Training, over 1000 copies of which will be distributed across the West Midlands. It will also be available for all to download from the Busy Bees Training Website (www.busybeestraining.co.uk). 
Throughout the campaign, Busy Bees Training Academy will be working with organisations including Ronald McDonald House Charities, the campaign’s official partner, Merry Hill Shopping Centre’s ‘Mummy Morning’ group, and Birmingham & Black Country’s Wildlife Trust to develop a series of Paediatric First Aid training workshops around the West Midlands, free to anyone who feels they would benefit from the experience (see Notes to Editor for details of times and locations). Donations will be encouraged, and all contributions from the workshops will go towards Ronald McDonald House Birmingham which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with seriously ill children being treated close by at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
As well as detailing the key skills needed to effectively administer Paediatric First Aid, delegates will be provided with an information booklet and First Aid Kit, developed by Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, to take away following the workshop.

Talking about the campaign, Fay Gibbin, Training Manager at Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy said:

“We’re incredibly proud to launch this campaign as it is a cause that we, as a company, are incredibly passionate about. Nothing is more precious to a parent than their child’s safety, and nothing is more important to us than the safety of the children that we care for in our nurseries.

“We hope that by raising awareness of the importance of Paediatric First Aid training throughout the campaign potentially thousands of additional adults will be equipped, knowledgeable and confident in delivering the right treatment quickly and efficiently should the situation ever arise.”

Libby Aston, House Manager at Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham, commented on the partnership: “Paediatric First Aid training is an invaluable skill for families with young children so it’s really exciting to be partnering with Busy Bees Training Academy for this campaign. There will be several training workshops around the West Midlands, including two at our 66 bedroom Birmingham House, and we really hope that parents, grandparents and carers will find the sessions useful.

“We’re extremely thankful to anyone who makes a donation as it will go directly towards the running costs of the House and help ensure we keep our doors open to families with children in hospital. We had 1,274 families stay with us last year and without the generosity of supporters we would be unable to continue our work.”


Fay concludes: “Of course, we hope that no one will ever find themselves in a situation where they need to administer first aid, but, as figures from St John’s Ambulance reveal, 140,000 lives are lost each year that could have been saved by basic first aid training. We are committed to maintaining quality standards of childcare in the UK and, by sharing our industry experience with as many people as possible through campaigns such as these, we hope to provide all those who regularly care for children with the knowledge they need to help save lives.”

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