Provide first aid in an education and care setting
(Includes CPR)

Childcare First Aid - Regular Classes 3.5hrs

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HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting (now replacing HLTAID004)

3.5hrs* Regular Course (plus online theory) Also known as Childcare First Aid

This first aid course is officially known as the Unit of Competency HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting. The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children, and adults. The unit applies to childcare workers, 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.

NSW Learners: This course is approved by ACECQA for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law as satisfying first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis management requirements for childcare workers. (Note: individual employers may have slightly different requirements.  Please check with your employer before enrolling if there is any doubt).

VIC Learners: Regulations in Victoria require that those working with children still obtain additional qualifications for asthma and anaphylaxis on top of this qualification.  We offer a combined asthma/anaphylaxis course which combined with this qualification will ensure you meet all regulatory requirements in Victoria.

We maintain a practical hands-on the approach so we ensure there is a ratio of 1 CPR manikin for every 2 learners (class sizes 24 and under), making us one of the best first aid course providers in the industry!

For further information about the course format and requirements please refer to our Course Information Sheet.

  • Discount courses from $140 (RRP $220)
  • Phone bookings incur an additional surcharge fee of $20
  • An A4 hard copy of your qualification can be posted to you after your class for an additional fee of $15
  • A credit card size plastic card can be posted to after your class for an additional fee of $15
  • For all special needs, policies and fees refer to the Student Handbook on our Learners Page
At CPR First Aid we believe in providing quality first aid courses at student prices for all.  We keep our overheads low so we can offer affordable first aid courses to everyone.  Because we have so many amazing learners we are able to offer courses at a smaller profit margin without compromising the quality of the training.  After training over 70,000 courses last year we value and appreciate offering our service to the community.
For more course information refer to this Course Information Sheet.

For all course locations for this course, see our locations page.

Participants assessed as being competent in all assessments will receive:

  • A digital A4 Statement of Attainment in HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting, HLTAID011 Provide first aid, HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support, and HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Your statement (certificate) will be emailed upon successful completion after 7pm the same day, or next business day if the class runs on a weekend


Whilst there are no pre-requisites for enrolling in this course, there are pre-course requirements. All participants are required to complete pre-course theory prior to attending their class. Participants are also required to have a minimum level of Literacy & Numeracy to be allowed admittance to this course. Further information is provided in the student handbook.

Please let us know if you have any medical conditions or specials needs that may prevent you from getting on the floor.  It is a requirement that CPR be performed for at least 4 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on an adult and child resuscitation manikin placed on the floor.

Performance Evidence (Practical Session)

The candidate must show Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role.
There must be evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines and workplace procedures:

  • Managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, breathing casualty including appropriate positioning to reduce the risk of airway compromise
  • Managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, non-breathing adult, including:
    - performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
    (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor
    - following the prompts of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to deliver at least one shock
    - demonstrating a rotation of single rescuer operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
    - responding appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
  • Managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, non-breathing infant, including:
    - performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
    (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on a child resuscitation manikin placed on the floor
  • Managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, non-breathing infant, including:
    - performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles both compressions and ventilations) on an infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface
  • Managed casualties, with the following:
    - anaphylaxis
    - asthma
    - non-life-threatening bleeding
    - choking
    - envenomation, using pressure immobilisation
    - fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, using appropriate immobilisation techniques
    - minor wound cleaning and dressing
    - nosebleed
    - shock
  • Responded to at least one simulated first aid incident contextualised to the candidate’s workplace or site, where the candidate has no knowledge of the casualty’s condition prior to starting treatment, including:
    - identifying the casualty’s illness or injury through history, signs and symptoms
    - using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required
    - providing appropriate first aid treatment
    - conveying incident details to emergency services or advising casualty on any required post incident action
    - providing an accurate verbal and written report of the incident
    - reviewing the incident.

Knowledge Evidence (Online Theory & Practical Session)

The candidate must be able Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • Guidelines and procedures including:
    - relevant ARC guidelines to managing the unconscious breathing and non-breathing casualty and provision of CPR
    - potential incident hazards and risk minimisation processes when providing first aid
    - infection control procedures, including use of standard precautions and resuscitation barrier devices
    - requirements for currency of skill and knowledge
    - first aid codes of practice
    - appropriate workplace or site procedures relevant to the provision of first aid contents of first aid kits
  • Legal, workplace and community considerations, including:
    - first aid requirements for services under the Education and Care Services National Law
    - State or Territory regulations covering first aid in an Education and Care setting
    - duty of care requirements
    - own skills and limitations
    - consent, including situations in which parental or caregiver consent is required
    - privacy and confidentiality requirements
    - awareness of potential need for stress management techniques and available support for rescuers and children
  • Considerations when providing CPR, including:
    - upper airway and effect of positional change
    - appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
    - appropriate use of an AED, including specific considerations when using an AED on children
    - safety and maintenance procedures for an AED
    - chain of survival
    - how to access emergency services
  • Techniques for providing CPR to adults, children and infants including:
    - how to recognise that a casualty is unconscious and not breathing normally
    - rate, ratio and depth of compressions and ventilations
    - correct hand positioning for compressions
    - basic anatomy, physiology and the differences between adults, children and infants relating to CPR.
  • Signs, symptoms and management of the following in children:
    - allergic reaction
    - anaphylaxis
    - asthma
    - non-life-threatening and life-threatening bleeding
    - breathing difficulties
    - burns
    - choking
    - diabetes
    - dehydration
    - drowning
    - envenomation - all current treatments
    - eye injuries
    - febrile convulsions
    - fever
    - fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains
    - head, neck and spinal injuries
    - hypothermia
    - hyperthermia
    - minor wounds
    - pain
    - shock
    - nose-bleed
    - poisoning
    - seizures
    - vomiting and diarrhea
  • Identification and management of a sick infant or child including:
    - general signs and symptoms of acute illness in children and infants
    - referral and advice services including recognition of signs or symptoms requiring immediate ambulance response
    - emergency action plans for known medical conditions including Asthma and Anaphylaxis
    - age appropriate communication and distraction techniques
    - first aider response to basic physiological differences in children.

  • 3.5 hour practical class, plus 15mins pre-course registration. 
  • Plus 4-8 hours multiple choice on-line home study, completed prior to your class
  • Theory must be completed 24hrs prior to attending your class

Online Theory Component – Prior to your Class:

  • Theory must be completed at least 24hrs prior to attending your scheduled class. Failure to complete theory prior to attending the class will result in your booking being cancelled and all monies forfeited.  Trainers will be provided with the class list detailing theory completion results the day prior to the class. 
  • Learners will gain immediate access to the theory portal upon completion of their booking and payment, refer to your confirmation email for the link (please check junk mail folders or contact us if not received).

Practical Assessment Component:

Skills must be demonstrated working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry validated scenarios and simulations to assess candidates’ skills and knowledge.

Assessment resources must include:

  • adult and infant resuscitation manikins in line with ARC Guidelines for the purpose of assessment of CPR procedures
  • AED training device
  • workplace injury, trauma and/or illness record, or other appropriate workplace incident report form

Simulated assessment environments must simulate the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.

Please refer to our Learners page for other important information including assessment information and our terms and conditions.


General Illness

Anyone with a fever or history of fever and acute respiratory infection (with at least one of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, cough, runny nose or sore throat) should also defer enrolment until they are well.