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Here are nine common first aid situations that many childminders have had to deal with in real life. First aid courses are held once every three years. In between times it is a great idea to check that you would know what to do in each of these situations. It is best to download the pictures if they are showing as little ‘x’ marks on your device, and then follow the links to my website for each ‘answer’ so that you can check that you’d know what to do in the frightening event of these situations happening to you.
Choking part 1
The child is choking on a piece of apple. What is the FIRST thing you should do?
The child has burned her arm on the hot tea. What’s the first thing you should do?
You’re at a children’s party when a child you know has diabetes appears to pass out and is lying on the floor unconscious. What’s the first thing you should do?
He has a nose bleed. What is the FIRST thing you should do?
Fingers slammed in door
The child has had her fingers slammed in a door. You can’t tell if they are broken or just pinched. What’s the first thing you should do?
Choking part 2
The child is choking on a boiled sweet. You have tried five back blows but this has not dislodged it. What should you do?
He has collided with the corner of the kitchen counter. What is the FIRST thing you should do?
Unconscious after a fall
The child has fallen down the stairs and is unconscious. What’s the first thing you should do?
The children have been playing with real medicines. What’s the first thing you should do?
All pictures and actions shown and described here were created with the help of medical professionals including an A&E doctor and are correct to the best of our knowledge. These situations were chosen because they are all situations that real childminders have found themselves in. Choking especially is one of the leading causes of death and life changing injuries in young children. If in any doubt about what to do, please follow the links provided to the St. John’s Ambulance website which has much more detailed information about the various scenes depicted here.
Want to explore topics and themes in safety and health with childminded children? Check out my Be Safe, Be Healthy Pack of printable colouring pages, activities, craft ideas for topics including fire safety, tooth care, making friends, stranger danger, sun safety, healthy eating, bereavement, and accident prevention.
About Kay Woods and Kids To Go
Kay Woods has been writing and selling childminding resources through her company Kids To Go since 2008. Her products include the Ultimate Childminding Checklist, the Learning Journey Plus for planning, observation and assessment and best practice resources promoting diversity, safety and childminding in the great outdoors (Forest Childcare). She is the author of the Start Learning book set published by Tarquin and she writes the free quarterly Childminding Best Practice Newsletter.
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