HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Information about the course
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults.
The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. This unit of competency will contribute towards approved first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis training under the Education and Care Services National Law, and the Education and Care Services National Regulation (2011).
This unit of competency is classified as current as per the information provided for this unit at www.training.gov.au.
This unit of competency has been approved by ACECQA and meets the requirements of “First Aid, Asthma & Anaphylaxis”.
Those employed in the child care and education industry.
There are no prerequisite, entry, work-placement, licencing or certification requirements for this course.
Students are not required to bring any materials or equipment with them to the course.
It is a Training Package requirement of this course that you are physically capable of performing uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on a CPR adult and child manikin placed on the floor and on a CPR baby manikin placed on a firm surface.
Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment:
- HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
- HLTAID003 Provide first aid
- HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
It is recommended this unit be renewed every 3 years in line with industry standards.
- Full course: 10 hours face to face
- Full course: pre-course study plus 7 hours face-to-face
- Refresher full course: 7 hours face to face
Important information regarding course durations:
Course durations, as mentioned above, are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 participants. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 participants it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of participants.
Pre Course study options
There are a few different options for completing your pre-course study.
We recommend our First Aid News Video as it is the most convenient option.
Other options include
- Online training
- Hard copy coloured workbook
The pre course study includes a question paper consisting of 65 multi choice questions. You must take the completed paper with you to the training course.
Related Course Documentation
If someone is having all symptoms of Asthma but is not prescribed a puffer are they allowed to be given a puffer (Ventolin)?
Yes, anyone can use an asthma puffer, you can purchase Ventolin over the counter with no prescription. Ventolin is a very safe drug for anyone to use and the puffer treatment that is given by the ambulance in these cases is 250 times stronger than the Ventolin puffer.
What should I look for when choosing a training provider?
The Australian Skills and Qualifications Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to help you to be fully informed about your decision to enrol into a course. This information can be found by clicking here
A copy of the Student Agreement should be read before enrolling in this course.
What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?
The Australian Skills and Qualification Authority (ASQA) requires that students be aware of their rights and responsibilities once they have selected their training provider. By enrolling into any of our courses you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions outlined in our Student Agreement .
All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.
(HLTAID004) What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?
The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role.
There must be demonstrated evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks at least once in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, ARC guidelines and workplace procedures:
- located and interpreted workplace policies and procedures
- conducted a hazard assessment and identified strategies to minimise risk
- demonstrated safe manual handling techniques
- assessed airway, breathing and responsiveness of casualty
Performed at least two minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an infant, a child and an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor, demonstrating the following techniques on each:
- checking for response and normal breathing
- recognising abnormal breathing
- opening and clearing the airway
- using correct hand location, compression depth rate in line with the ARC recommended ratio of compressions and ventilations
- acting in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
- following single rescuer procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
- followed prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Conducted a verbal secondary survey
Applied first aid procedures for the following:
- allergic reactions
- basic wound care
- severe bleeding
- cardiac arrest
- choking and airway obstruction
- convulsions, including febrile convulsions
- envenomation (using pressure immobilisation)
- epilepsy and seizures
- fractures, sprains and strains (using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation techniques)
- head injuries
- respiratory distress
Followed workplace procedures for reporting details of the incident, including:
- providing an accurate verbal report of the incident
- completing an incident, injury, trauma and illness record
- responded to at least three simulated first aid scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting, and involving infants and children of varying ages.
The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:
- state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures including:
- ARC Guidelines for provision of CPR and first aid to infants, children and adults
- guidelines from Australian national peak clinical bodies
- safe work practices to minimise risks and potential hazards
- first aid requirements for services under the Education and Care Services National Law
Infection control principles and procedures
Requirements for currency of skill and knowledge
Legal, workplace and community considerations, including:
- need for stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation, including the psychological impact on children
- duty of care requirements
- respectful behaviour towards a casualty
- own skills and limitations
- consent, including situations in which parental/caregiver consent is required
- privacy and confidentiality requirements
- importance of debriefing
Considerations when providing first aid including:
- airway obstruction due to body position
- appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
- appropriate use of an AED, including placement of pads for adults and children aged older than 8 years
- specific considerations when using an AED on children aged between 1 and 8 years, including identification of AED with paediatric capability, paediatric voltage and use of paediatric pads
- chain of survival
- standard precautions and infection control
Principles and procedures for application of first aid in the following scenarios:
- abdominal injuries
- allergic reactions, including severe reactions
- bleeding control
- cardiac conditions
- choking and airway obstruction
- cold and crush injuries
- environmental impact (including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke)
- eye and ear injuries
- head, neck and spinal injuries
- minor skin injuries
- needle stick injuries
- poisoning and toxic substances
- respiratory distress, including asthma and other respiratory conditions
- soft tissue injuries
- unconsciousness, abnormal breathing or not breathing
Basic anatomy and physiology relating to:
- absence of normal breathing
- anatomy of the external chest
- specific anatomy of infant respiratory systems, including trachea, and implications for provision of CPR
- basic anatomical differences between adults and children, and the implications for provision of first aid
- normal clinical values for children
- physiology relating to response/consciousness
- symptoms and triggers of anaphylaxis
- symptoms and triggers of asthma
- upper airway anatomy and effect of positional change.
(HLTAID004) How will I be assessed for this course?
The following assessment tasks are required for this course:
- Theory Questions consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions
- Performance Tasks
- Simulated Practical Scenarios
Please note: CPR must be demonstrated on the floor for 2 minutes
(HLTAID004) Where can I access a copy of the training package for this course?
A copy of the training package can be found by clicking here
(HLTAID004) Do I need to complete a Refresher or Recertification?
Recertification recommended every 3 years.
To qualify for a refresher course, you must bring a copy of your current certificate to the training session. You will then be required to:
Complete the online or paper-based pre-course workbook and attend a 7 hour practical course.
- Proof of currency must be submitted to qualify for this course.
Is there any latex in the manikins?
Resuscitation manikins are latex free.
How can I contact my trainer?
You can contact a trainer in your area for this course in our First Aid Trainer Directory.
What are the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements for this course?
In order to meet competency for this unit, you will be required to meet the LLN requirements of the Training Package. You can find more information regarding our LLN support services here