Press release: Two new qualifications for paediatric first aid

Two new qualifications for paediatric first aid have been launched in response to recent changes to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) syllabus in England.

The introduction of the new qualifications from Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) comes after a Department for Education consultation in 2016 showed there was sector-wide support for newly qualified early years staff to hold a current paediatric first-aid qualification.

The two new qualifications from Highfield, which sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), are:

Among the key changes in both qualifications is the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), meaning a new requirement for training providers to have access to the appropriate equipment. Also, the PFA qualification includes among its changes a focus on fractures instead of dislocations, sprains and strains, while the EPFA qualification now covers minor injuries but not anaphylaxis (which remains in the PFA). 

While the existing qualifications do meet the updated syllabus, the new qualifications align more closely with it. New staff will be given a three-month period upon beginning employment to complete either a paediatric first-aid or emergency paediatric first-aid qualification.

Training providers will have until 30 June 2017 before the old qualifications are withdrawn and are no longer available to register learners on.   

Jason Sprenger, Highfield’s Chief Executive, said, ‘As a result of the government’s review we have introduced a completely new suite of qualifications that will give employers staff who are compliant with the new statutory framework requirements, while allowing early years’ providers to give parents confidence and reassurance’.Pa

For more information on the new qualifications, go to:

A full summary of the changes between the old qualifications and the new ones is available here: 

Paediatric PDF Booklet

You can also view the update video here: 

A range of supporting materials is also available from:

Alternatively, contact Highfield on 0845 2260350 or 01302 363277, or email

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Notes to editors:

  1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations and winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including retail, health and social care, rail, food safety, security, catering and hospitality, and logistics.

Apprenticeship standards: further views requested on CYP options

Skills for Health is looking for feedback on qualifications units to support the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for Senior Healthcare Support Workers (Children and Young People’s option) and is asking professionals in the sector to complete a survey.

The survey has been split up into sections and the units have been allocated under different sections for ease: Safeguarding, Communication and relationship building, Mental Health, Providing support, Child development, Knowledge only units, Babies, Generic units and their applicability to Children & Young People.

The feedback will inform the final structure of the qualification pathway.

It does not include the mandatory units and only includes those units with outstanding queries.  These will be optional in the qualification for Children & Young People (not the full list of optional units).

This survey will close at 12pm noon on Thursday 9th March 2017.

If you have any queries about the survey, please email


Survey on end-of-life care content of new qualification

A new qualification is being developed to support the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for Senior Healthcare Support Workers.

This survey relates to End of Life Care content of the proposed qualification. There are existing units for end of life care and this survey seeks your views on any changes that need to be made to ensure that they are fit for purpose. The final units will be available as optional units in the Level 3 Diploma qualification.

The survey will close at 12pm noon on Monday 27th February 2017.

If you have any queries, please email

Views sought on new healthcare support workers qualification

Skills for Health is seeking feedback from industry professionals on the development of a new qualification to support the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for Senior Healthcare Support Workers. 

The survey asks for your views on existing qualifications units and any gaps to support the Allied Health Professional – Therapy Support option within the apprenticeship standard. 

The level 3 Diploma qualification will have shared core of mandatory units that meet the content requirements of the apprenticeship standard and that everyone taking the qualification will do, regardless of pathway. Areas covered include health and safety, handling information, communication, equality and diversity, personal development, duty of care and person-centred approached. Individual units that correspond with the content of options within the apprenticeship standard will also be available for learners to select. 

The survey will close at 12pm noon on 6 March 2017.

Should you have any queries, please email

New blended-learning options for first aid

Following last year’s announcement that blended learning would be permitted when delivering first-aid courses, Highfield has launched a new range of e-learning options for learners and tutors.

Blended learning combines the best of digital and online learning with more traditional methods such as classroom and self-directed learning.

Highfield is now offering a range of options that will support blended learning and help save centres time and money. These include:

  • first aid e-learning – interactive learning with end-of-module testing; centres can access full first aid e-learning courses with prices starting from as little as 25p per learner when purchased with registrations
  • ebooks – a free PDF copy of either First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work for each learner you register for e-learning
  • training presentations – available online to support classroom delivery, and covering areas such as emergency first aid, first aid at work, paediatric first aid, basic life support and automated external defibrillation
  • e-certification –learners’ certificates in a digital format rather than hard copy

All of the above can be purchased directly through the Highfield Awarding Body website when purchasing learner registrations. 

Highfield will still be offering its range of traditional learning options such as books, training aids and hard copy certificates for those who require them.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced in June that blended learning would be permitted in the delivery of first-aid courses, as long as certain conditions were met:

  • no reduction in the overall time taken for learners to complete first-aid courses
  • a minimum of two thirds training time should be face-to-face
  • practical content of learning outcomes should be delivered and assessed face-to-face

In addition, where learners are required to complete work that forms part of their assessment using distance learning, the following requirements apply:  

  • they should be assessed by a suitably qualified first-aid assessor on completion of the distance learning
  • the first-aid assessor must be satisfied that all assessment criteria for the content delivered by distance learning have been met and auditable evidence should be generated for this purpose
  • the identity of the learner must be confirmed
  • the assessment should be quality assured

If you are a Highfield centre, please contact your account manager for more information on the blended-learning requirements and Highfield’s range of options.

Alternatively, contact us on 0845 2260350/01302 363277 or email us at

New guidance on AED training

New requirements to ensure learners are assessed on the correct use of automated external defibrillators (AED) came into effect at the beginning of 2017.

Aimed at those delivering AED training as part of first aid at work or emergency first aid at work courses, the requirements will ensure learners are assessed on their ability to demonstrate how to place AED pads correctly and how to follow AED instructions.

Centres must also have at least 1 training AED available to allow for effective training and assessment, and learners must be assessed in groups that do not exceed a ratio of 4 learners per 1 AED. Adjustments to lesson plans are allowed as long as the 1:4 ratio is maintained and learners are not disadvantaged.

Likewise, centres running first-aid courses must ensure their tutors and assessors are sufficiently knowledgeable and competent in the use of an AED.  

It is expected that that AED training will be delivered by centres as part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

The specifications, as well as the relevant assessment paperwork for each of the qualifications referenced above, is available here.

Highfield’s Holiday Opening Hours

With the festive period fast approaching, we would like to let you know that our offices will close at 17:30pm, Thursday 22 December 2016, and reopen at 08:30am, Tuesday 3 January 2017. Please note that any enquiries we receive between these dates will not receive a response until the offices reopen after the holiday period.
Urgent orders should be placed before 14:00pm on Wednesday 21 December 2016; these orders will be dispatched on a next-day delivery. Non-urgent orders should be placed by 15:00pm on Thursday 22 December 2016. Orders placed after the stated date and time above will be dispatched when our offices reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017. Should this closure cause issues for your business, please do not hesitate to contact us prior to our final delivery date and we will work with you to find a resolution. 
2016 has been an incredible year for us, which has established us as a key name in many new sectors, we have received the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise and reconfirmed our position as one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations.
We look forward to an equally successful 2017 as we continue to listen and respond while growing alongside your business. 
From all of us at Highfield, Season’s greetings!

Thinking about becoming a Highfield centre? You don’t want to miss this event!

Places are still available for our upcoming Introducing Highfield event on Thursday 5 January 2017 in Walsall, with guest speaker Richard Sprenger, who will be sharing his expertise on some food safety topics including “Improving food safety” with particular reference to “the Person in Charge System”, he will also lead a participatory discussion on the science associated  with several common practises and some of the terms we use, including the “danger zone”, hand washing, effective use of thermometers, food poisoning and “safe limits” This is a must-attend event for all food safety trainers.

Richard Sprenger speaking at the Oman Food Safety Conference 2016

In addition to this, we will provide delegates with full information on how to transfer from the CIEH to Highfield, following on from the CIEH voluntarily surrendering its awarding organisation status. You will also be able to view Highfield’s supporting training materials on the day.

This morning event (09:00am – 12:00pm) is FREE to attend and is open not only to CIEH customers, but also training providers who would like to find out more about delivering qualifications from Highfield. It goes without saying that we would welcome any of our current customers who would like to attend; it is always good to catch up, receive feedback and see how we can improve.

Attendance at this event will also entitle you to 2 CPD points.

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here. Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling our Sales team on 0845 226 0350/01302 363 277 or by emailing the Events team at Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Click here to view our 2017 events calendar, to find out when we will be holding an event in your area.

Consultation on English and maths requirements for HEI health programmes

Skills for Health has launched a consultation on what English and maths requirements there should be for entry to higher education institutions’ (HEI) vocational programmes.

The organisation is seeking the views of HEIs, FE providers, healthcare employers, learners and others with experience, or an interest, in delivering English and maths programmes.

Currently there are a range of practices in setting and operating English and maths requirements for entry to ‘pre-reg’ nursing degrees and other vocational health programmes at HEIs in England. However, reports of different practices emerged during working to establish and support employers’ use of the Skills for Health Bridging Programme, including variations in external qualification requirements, the currency of qualifications and the use of internal assessment.

As a result, Health Education England (HEE) has commissioned Skills for Health to research and produce a report, which looks at:

  • what English and maths requirements are set for entry to health-related vocational programmes at HEIs in England, and HEIs’ rationales for these
  • how employers, FE providers and HEIs are addressing skills gaps in English and maths to support progression to the above
  • whether there should be a national English and maths strategy, as an action within Talent For Care and what it should address and include

To take part in the survey, click here

Closing date for responses is 23 December 2016. Skills for Health may wish to discuss some aspects of your response over the phone if you have time and are willing, so please indicate on the survey whether you are happy to be contacted. 


Updates to the 3rd edition of Licensing Course Handbook

aplhbook-2016-003Highfield has updated the 3rd edition of its popular Licensing Course Handbook for those undertaking the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH).

Written by sector expert Nicola Bayliss, the 3rd edition focuses on the key points necessary for prospective licence holders, such as:

  • The Licensing Act 2003
  • Personal licences
  • Premises licences
  • Protection of children
  • Powers and enforcement
  • Temporary event notices
  • Responsibility in alcohol retailing

A full description of the changes to the 3rd edition can be downloaded here.

If you do not already own a copy of the Licensing Course Handbook then click here