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first aid in our primary schools

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10/10/2006 17:56 - Childrens Health
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i´d never actually thought of this before but now you´ve raised the issue i´m going to get on to the BOM and see what our situ is. scary thought really given that they are looking after 330 pupils in my school.



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28/04/2012 09:15 - Childrens Health
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I am currently studing to become a primary teacher, within my course there is no first aid training, but the lectures do recomend getting your first aid cert. others who are studing to become a specialist phys ed teacher are required to do the first aid as part of their course. Schools them selves can assist teachers get their first aid, and they are paid for doing the course as well. any further education that a current teacher attends can be paid by the school or can become a tax deduction.



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22/11/2007 10:53 - Childrens Health
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I cant believe this is going on ,I have just found out we have no one trained in first aid in our school.
I just rang the INTO and there response was if a teacher has first aid great if they dont it doesnt really matter, well as a parent it matters to me the school is responsible for my children when they are there anything can happen, at least if someone in the school has first aid you know, they at least have an idea what they are doing . as parents we have to protect our children and should demand teachers have an up to date first aid course,BUT WHERE DO WE START




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07/11/2009 12:56 - Childrens Health
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Neither have I thought about it before. Have to check it out too



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26/11/2007 22:23 - Childrens Health
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yes, there should be someone who can do first aid in a school, but who??Teachers to do one on ther own time and at thier own cost?Parents to do likewise and do a rota in the school? In most workplaces whoever does a course does it on worktime and it is paid for by the company



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28/07/2012 21:10 - Childrens Health
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From what I can see on the Health & Safety Authority website, there isn´t an explicit legal obligation to have a trained first aider present. The legal obligations are based on numbers of employees. Schools would tend to have fairly low numbers of employees, but would have large numbers of students in the building. The HSA guidelines do say that "Even if the assessment indicates that there may be no necessity to have any occupational first aiders provided at a particular workplace, it may be considered prudent to encourage employees and to assist them in obtaining suitable training in basic life saving skills and the emergency treatment of injuries due to any special hazards arising. This could apply especially in workplaces where no special occupational hazards arise but where significant numbers of non employees are likely to be present such as in schools, crèches, shops, places of entertainment etc." which I guess is a strong recommendation



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26/11/2007 22:35 - Childrens Health
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ah, but private industry H&S laws probably say that someone needs to be qualified and often companies will pay for the courses/updates. But the good old Dept of Education won´t fund that for schools so they don´t make the staff obliged to have first aid. Spoke to a school principal about this the other day and I think she said that newly qualified teachers do get some first aid training but they don´t have to keep it up to date.



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25/11/2007 16:05 - Childrens Health
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appears there is no obligation on teacher/principal/secretary to have a first aid course. you couldn´t really force anyone to do first aid though, could you? some people, while excellent teachers, would just not suited to provide first aid. some people freeze at sight of blood, would panic at sight of someone in a fit/faint etc. does seem crazy but I reckon the govt will never provide for nurses in schools but we are lucky if a teacher will undertake a course on her/his own initiaite.



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07/10/2006 14:14 - Childrens Health
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i was just wondering if there were any minimum requirements by the dept of education for the provision of first aid in our primary schools. i was dismayed to recently find out that in our primary school,with approx 200 pupils,there is only one person who has attended a first aid course. she only attends this course every 2 years and if this person is not in school for whatever reason,then there is no one qualified to attend to the needs of our children.now of course in most cases,a sticking plaster suffices,but more serious cases cannot be ruled out. i know of 3 children with severe nut allergies.the potential for fatalities is quite real. i dont feel this is an over-reaction on my part. anyone out there with similar worries,and if so,what has your school done about it.....the average age of the staff is also quite young,early 20´s. our principal does not perceive this as a problem.looking forward to reading some replies!!!



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25/11/2007 15:54 - Childrens Health
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I just wondered how many mums have done a first aid course? Are there any of you would check if a parent had a first aid cert before you would let your child attend a house party or sleep over?

Someone with a first aid cert only needs to do a refresher course every 2 years so it´s good that the teacher is doing that, I´m sure she´s not getting any extra pay for having the cert.

The parent of any child with a nut allergy will, I´m sure, have the sense to talk to both the childs teacher and principal so they know what to do in the case of an emergency and ringing 999 will always get some help. School secretarys also have numbers for local doctors who can be called in an emergency too.

In saying all that I do think it would be good to have a few staff members trained in first aid.




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