A joint initiative between national independent charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, is to campaign for people who regularly care for under five year olds to be trained in paediatric first aid.

Planned to coincide with Child Safety Week (6-12 June), Ronald McDonald House Birmingham will be hosting two workshops during the week at their 66-bedroom House situated close to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families who have a seriously ill children undergoing treatment.

The campaign is targeted at training more parents, grandparents and childcare professionals to become skilled and confident in the basics of Paediatric First Aid. A recent study conducted by a number of credible sources revealed that, although 65% of parents say the thought of their child needing immediate first aid intervention makes them feel worried, 70% of mums and dads in the UK lack first aid skills that would allow them to help their child in a medical emergency. As part of the campaign, Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy and Ronald McDonald House Charities have created a handy A5 booklet containing important information on Paediatric First Aid Training.  Over 1000 copies of which will be distributed across the West Midlands.  It will also be available for all to download from the Busy Bees Training Website.   As well as detailing the key skills needed to effectively administer Paediatric First Aid, delegates will be provided with an information booklet and First Aid Kit, developed by Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, to take away following the workshops.

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