Would you know what to do if your child was choking, or was unconscious? Learning first aid is a vital skill for parents and carers, but it's even more important to learn these skills for our most vulnerable family members – babies and toddlers. There are a number of first aid providers across Perth who can teach parents the skills to know what how to handle an emergency situation. Here's where you can learn first aid for this age group.
Royal Lifesaving WA – Heart Beat Club Website: lifesavingwa.com.au Phone: 9383 8200
Cost $20 per participant.
Duration Three hours.
Have your mums group meeting and learn first aid with the Heart Beat Club. This community education initiative of Royal Life Saving aims to increase the skills and confidence required to perform CPR and First Aid on infants and children. Royal Life Saving recommends that everyone should know how to resuscitate someone. This training session covers first aid for common child injuries including burns and scolds, choking, drowning and provides information on how to perform infant and child CPR. You can attend a course or have an instructor come to you in the comfort of your own home.
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St John Ambulance – Caring For Kids Website: www.stjohnambulance.com.au Phone: 9334 1222
Cost: $95 per person – includes a Tiny Tots First Aid Kit valued at $35.
Duration: Five hours.
This is a non-accredited course recommended for parents and guardians of young children that teaches how to perform CPR, how to manage bleeding, burns and a range of childhood related illnesses and injuries. There is a focus on asthma, choking, bites and stings.
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Tiny Hearts First Aid Website: www.tinyheartsfirstaid.com Phone: 1300 054 563
Cost: Public sessions $95 plus booking fee, private sessions start from $800 for a group of ten.
Duration: Four hours.
Want to learn first aid and stay in your pyjamas? Tiny Hearts First Aid offers mobile skills and CPR sessions at your choice of location, including in the home. You will learn infant and child first aid including choking and CPR.
Please note – courses in Perth will not be available from early March until the end of June 2017.
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Family First Aid Website: www.familyfirstaid.com.au Phone: 9275 6666
Cost: $85 for the six hour course or $55 for the three hour course.
Duration: Six hours or three hours.
The Save-A-Child CPR and First Aid Courses are taught in Perth by a former ambulance officer and medical lecturer with over 20 years experience in the field. The course is widely regarded by WA parents as the best course currently available in the state. It is simple, fun and practical and leaves the participants feeling confident that they will be able to cope should they ever be faced with any one of a number of serious injuries. Training courses can be run in your home when convenient for you.
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Kids First Aid Website: kidsfirstaid.com.au Phone: 1300 138 133
Cost: $89 per person
Duration: Three hours.
Courses cover a range of skills and CPR training, including allergies, bites and stings, choking, burns, fractures and bleeding, and are offered as private or public sessions. Locations include Maylands, Bull Creek, Thornlie and Osborne Park.
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KidzAid Website: www.kidzaid.com.au Phone: 1300 543 924
Cost: $95 per person or $170 for a couple.
Duration: Three hours and 15 minutes.
KidzAid’s Baby First Aid Course is run throughout Australia and cover practical first aid knowledge for CPR, choking, bumps and falls, bleeding, burns and poisoning.
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Eyezon Kidz Website: eyezongroup.com.au Phone: 1300 393 966
Cost: Private course $500 for up to ten people (extra participants are $50 each) and public sessions are $70, including morning tea.
Duration: Three hours.
Eyezon Kidz run public first aid training courses at the Perth Zoo or can come to your home. Their courses for kids and babies cover choking, drowning prevention strategies, CPR, bumps and falls, bleeding, burns and much more.
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Please note – most of the above courses are not accredited as there are no formal assessments, but check the website for each course for more details.
These international, award-winning programmes offer a magical world of sensory learning, wonder and exploration for babies 0 -13 months, and are backed by over 35 years of research into child development.