Teaching First Aid is a new initiative by the British Red Cross who are running a new course for teachers with lots of resources to help them to teach children.
Are children ever too young to learn the basics of first aid? It seems that learning the basics could start at five years old! On World First Aid Day (14 September) the British Red Cross is calling for the nation to be prepared to deal with any first aid emergency.
“Great news! First aid education is being included in the RSE and Health curriculum for schools in England from September 2019. Now, even more children and young people will get the skills they need to save a life.
To celebrate the change, we’re launching a brand new online teaching website for learners ages 5-19. It’s aimed at all schools in the UK, and we’d like to invite you to be involved in the pilot.”(British Red Cross)
The Red Cross think that children as young as five can be successfully be taught basic first aid and they are preparing to run a pilot project for teachers saying:
“Whether you’ve taught first aid before or are completely new to it, your feedback will help ensure this resource meets the needs of learners across the UK.
Starting in September, you’ll be among the first to try our new interactive website. There will be videos, activities, quizzes, lesson planning and much more for you to use, all free of charge.
As part of the pilot, you’ll receive:
- access to our new first aid teaching resources for either primary or secondary learners
- activities that give your learners the confidence to act when someone is in need of first aid
- clear curriculum mapping so you’ll be sure you’re meeting the new requirements if you’re in England (we’ll share relevant curriculum links and developments for other nations)
- guidance on how to use the resource and full supporting materials.
You don’t need any first aid training yourself – our education model is simple to teach and easy to learn.” (British Red Cross)
It really sounds worth joining up, as soon as possible. To take part in the Teaching First Aid pilot, sign up here.