Emergency Paediatric First Aid Award SCQF level 6

The Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid at SCQF level 6 will equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to administer paediatric first aid and assist them in gaining employment in a childcare environment.

The Award develops basic skills in emergency paediatric first aid and focuses on the role and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider and on knowing how to deal with emergency situations safely.

Practical activities include:

  • providing first aid to a child who is unresponsive
  • providing first aid in choking situations
  • providing first aid to a child in shock
  • controlling external bleeding
  • administering first aid for bites, stings and minor injuries

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The Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid is a trusted qualification having been developed by the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum and accredited by SQA Accreditation.

The Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid is delivered in a minimum of six hours (excluding breaks) over a maximum of three weeks. Delivery sessions should be a minimum of two hours. The learner-trainer ratio is a maximum of 12 to 1.

A blended learning approach can be taken to the delivery of the award. However, the time taken to complete the course should not be reduced and a minimum of two-thirds of the training time (four hours) must be face-to-face.

Successful completion of this qualification would enable a learner to progress to the Award in Paediatric First Aid or to employment.

The achievement of (GT7X 46), Award in First Aid at Work, is a prerequisite to the Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid and will contribute towards its successful completion.

This qualification is suitable for those working with children - for example, nursery and school staff, childminders, parent helpers.

It is also suitable for other learners who wish to develop their first aid skills further in the area of paediatric first aid.


GT7X 46 First Aid at Work, or equivalent regulated qualification in first aid at work.

The Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid may provide continuing professional development or progression opportunities for those working in a childcare environment - for example, a nursery teacher, school teacher, classroom assistant, or childminder. It also provides progression to the Award in Paediatric First Aid at SCQF level 6.

Centres interested in offering this qualification require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide

There are additional specific requirements for trainers, assessors and internal verifiers for the Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid. These can be found in the Assessment Strategy and Guidance for the Award in Emergency First Aid.

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

There is also specific information provided on how certain assessment criteria should be assessed. The learner must achieve all of the assessment criteria in order to achieve the unit and ultimately the group award.

Group award code: GT7V 46 (43 KB)

The Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid at SCQF level 6 consists of one mandatory Unit (1 SCQF credit point). Please refer to the Qualification Structure for details of the units making up this qualification.