First Aid at schools and child care centres

We have spoken previously about the need for workplaces to be first aid ready. And this couldn’t be more important if your workplace is responsible for the safety, protection and wellbeing of children and dependents.

Unlike other workplaces where colleagues within the immediate working vicinity may be trained in first aid and emergency response, education and child care centres often rely upon the actions and training of individual facilitators to initially and swiftly respond to an emergency. It’s the teacher or carer’s responsibility to ensure that those in their care are safe at all times.

It’s therefore imperative that schools, child care centres, teachers and carers be first aid ready at all times. If a child (or a colleague) is unresponsive, in anaphylactic shock, or in cardiac arrest, are you confident you and your staff know the appropriate steps to effectively engage first aid?

If not, then it may be time to enrol your team in a Surf Life Saving WA Education and Care First Aid course.

The Education and Care First Aid course

HLTAID004 – Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting

SLSWA has been conducting lifesaving training including first aid and CPR courses for well over 100 years. Although we’re commonly associated with just the surf (our name says it all), we also deliver certified first aid courses for school and childcare teachers throughout Western Australia.

SLSWA course delivery is industry leading, offering first aid training in Perth for every workplace and location. We can customise content to include key risks in your particular school or centre, and deliver thorough training relevant to your specific workplace while still meeting the requirements for the HLTAID004 – Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting Unit of Competency.

Our course content delivers first aid training for school staff and carers, with a focus on scenarios and requirements relevant to an education setting – particularly those involving infants and young children. From legal issues, the recognition and application of first aid response, the use of equipment and treatment, and the precautionary and post-incident measures, the course is an important qualification for those working in childcare and education environments.

This course is assessed through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency in the workplace. Candidates will be required to complete activities that may include role-plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios.*


SLSWA’s Education and Care First Aid course is a nationally recognised training course, and has been endorsed by ACECQA as satisfying all education requirements for first aid, anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma training.

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a nationally recognised HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting statement of attainment. This certification is valid for three years from the date of the course. It’s recommended by the Australian Resuscitation Council that you update your CPR skills every 12 months.

Enrol Today

We understand the busy nature of the modern workplace, so our courses are designed to minimise disruption and maximise learning.

Regardless of the level of risk, every workplace should be first aid trained. Safer workplaces make for happier, more efficient and smarter places to work. Knowing that you and your dependents are being looked after goes a long way towards improving education and childcare wellbeing.

If you would like to enrol your school or centre in a group first aid course, would like further information on first aid training, or would like to find out more about first aid for teachers and carers in Perth, please get in touch today.

*Please note, it is a requirement of this course that practical demonstration of CPR must be performed on the floor.