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Level 3 Blended 16 hour Outdoor Paediatric First Aid

We now deliver our specialised Outdoor Paediatric First Aid courses for childcare professionals.

This course is Awarding Body FIAB Approved, tailored for professionals who have to mirror the indoor provision with outdoor education.

Ideal for all childcare professionals including Outdoor Learning Professionals.

Our instructors bring a wealth of experience and qualifications to the courses, enhancing your learning with real life scenarios and experiences.

As well as being qualified and experienced first aid instructors, they are also trained to Level 3 in Forest School methodologies, our tutors possess the expertise needed to deliver a relevant and varied course for you.

Unlike conventional first aid courses, our course delivers practical scenarios frequently encountered in forest schools and similar outdoor childcare settings and is delivered in an open environment within both an astro pitch and outdoor environment

During the course you will look at

  • A planned and systematic approach to incident management
  • Infant and child resuscitation procedures including AED’s
  • Choking for infants and children
  • Safe airway positions for infants and children
  • Treating trauma- internal/external, major/minor including shock
  • Shock – hypovolemic and anaphylactic
  • Environmental conditions, hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Treating suspected fractures, head, neck and back injuries
  • Eye injuries and foreign bodies in eyes, ears and noses
  • Bites and stings
  • Poisoning
  • Burns and scalds
  • Electric shock
  • Common illnesses – epilepsy, asthma and diabetes

Our training course mixes the theory aspects with interactive hands-on sessions, As we are able to deliver this both indoors and outdoors, we are ensuring you have an engaging and immersive learning experience.

On successful completion each participant will also receive a book and certificate, valid for three years.

Requirements for your E-Learning

Booking onto one of our Blended First Aid Courses?

The requirements are that you complete the E-Learning before you come on the course, so here are some questions and also answers that may help you with this process.

  1. Why do I have to do my online e-learning before the course?

This is so that the learning is fresh for when you come into the classroom for your lesson.

  1. Is this the same for all of the blended courses?

Yes it is, though the amount of time it takes to complete your e-learning will vary.

  1. How long will the elearning take to do?                                                                                        

This does depend on the type of course and also your learning style. We have found that some can complete the e-learning for the paediatric course anywhere between 2 to 6 hours. For the First Aid at Work Course and Combined courses this ranges from 6-12 hours.

  1. Do you have to do the e-learning all in one go?                                                                  

No you don’t. You are able to do this in smaller bite-sized pieces, 30 minutes here and there soon breaks up the time needed. to complete

  1. Do I need to bring in the certificate?

No, we now have a system to check your learning before you arrive.

  1. Can you stop me coming onto the classroom part if I haven’t completed the e-learning?

Yes we can. This is because you need that knowledge to help your classroom learning.

Of course you may have additional questions you want to ask, and we are here to help, please call

Liz, our Lead for the Elearning and Blended First Aid Courses on 01484 546780


How could you become more confident as a first aider in the workplace?

Let’s start with looking at the importance of your confidence as a First Aider

  1. Confidence is crucial for effective first aid responses.
  2. It reassures both the casualty and those around you.
  3. Confidence inspires trust in your abilities as a first aider.
  4. It allows you to act swiftly and decisively in emergencies.
  5. Confidence helps maintain a calm demeanor, which is essential in stressful situations.

So then we look at how we can build confidence as a First Aider

Knowledge and Training

  1. Regular updates with your first aid knowledge through courses and refreshers.
  2. Familiarising yourself with the latest first aid protocols and techniques helps build your confidence.
  3. Practice scenarios with fellow first aiders or through simulations.
  4. Understand the limitations of your skills and seek help when needed.

Practical Experience

  1. Volunteer at events or join first aid organisations to gain hands-on experience.
  2. Shadowing experienced first aiders to learn from their approach.
  3. Reflecting on past experiences to identify areas for improvement.
  4. Starting with simpler cases to build confidence before tackling more complex situations.

Then the saying about mind over matter, so we look at Mental Preparation

  1. Visualise yourself successfully handling different first aid scenarios.
  2. Develop a positive mindset towards challenges and setbacks.
  3. Practice relaxation techniques to manage stress during emergencies.
  4. Cultivate self-belief through affirmations and positive self-talk.

And of course communication skills are key

  1. Practice clear and concise communication with casualties and bystanders.
  2. Learn to remain composed and assertive when giving instructions.
  3. Listen actively to understand the needs of the casualty and those assisting.

Looking at your equipment and being prepared means you don’t have to worry about this once you are there.

  1. Familiarise yourself with the first aid kit and its contents.
  2. Ensure your kit is well-stocked and readily accessible.
  3. Regularly check and replenish supplies to maintain preparedness.
  4. Carry necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for your safety.

Teamwork and Collaboration

  1. Build a rapport with fellow first aiders to foster a supportive environment.
  2. Coordinate effectively with emergency services and other responders.
  3. Understand your role within a team and contribute accordingly.
  4. Acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of others during emergencies.

If you have used your first aid skills, ask for feedback, a debrief if you like

Celebrate successes and milestones in your first aid journey

Continuously evaluate and update your approach based on feedback and experiences.

    Community Engagement

    Participate in community events to raise awareness about first aid preparedness.

    Inspire others by sharing your experiences and journey as a confident first aider.

      And basically have an amazing time knowing you have been part of saving someone’s life

      #firstaidatwork #firstaid #confidence #training #huddersfield #

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      Remember as a child, life was stress free?

      Well here 20 reasons to take you back to the more carefree life you perhaps enjoyed….

      Most of us appreciate the effects that stress can have on our lives, so what does it look like if you don’t have stress in your life?

      1. You feel calmer: When you’re not stressed, you feel happier and more relaxed. It’s like when you finish all your homework and can play without any worries.

      2. You have better sleep: Stress can make it hard to sleep well. Lowering stress can help you sleep peacefully, just like a cozy blanket helps you sleep better.

      3. You have more energy: When you’re not stressed, you have more energy to do fun things, such as having fun with your friends.

      4. You have better focus: Stress can make it hard to concentrate. When you’re calm, it’s easier to pay attention in work and at home.

      5. You build a stronger immune system: Being stressed all the time can make you more likely to get sick. Lowering stress helps your body stay strong and healthy, like eating your veggies such as sprouts.

      6. You have happier relationships: When you’re not stressed, you’re nicer to your friends and family. Lower stress levels mean more smiles and laughs with the people you care about.

      7. You have less tummy troubles: Stress can sometimes make your tummy feel funny. Lowering stress can help your tummy feel better and keep you from feeling yucky.

      8. You are better at problem-solving: When you’re calm, you can think better. It’s like solving a puzzle – when you’re not stressed, the pieces fit together easier.

      9. You have more creativity: Stress can make it hard to think of fun ideas. Lowering stress levels can help your imagination soar, like when you were a child.

      10. You have less worries: Stress can make you feel worried about things that might not even happen. Lowering stress means you can enjoy the present moment without thinking too much about what might go wrong.

      11. You have a healthier heart: Too much stress isn’t good for your heart. Lowering stress can help keep your heart strong and healthy, just like exercising and eating well.

      12. You have better moods:  When you’re not stressed, you’re happier and more cheerful. Lowering stress levels means more smiles and laughter, making each day brighter.

      13. You have a healthy body: Too much stress can make your body feel tired and achy. Lowering stress helps you feel strong and ready to take on the day, like a superhero!

      14. You have a better memory: Stress can make it hard to remember things. Lowering stress levels can help you remember important stuff, like where you left your keys or phone

      15. You get fewer headaches: Stress can sometimes give you headaches. Lowering stress means fewer headaches, so you can focus on having fun instead of feeling grouchy.

      16. You have more time for fun: When you’re not stressed, you have more time to do things you love, like meeting your friends and family or going on adventures.

      17. You are less grumpy: Stress can make you feel grumpy and crabby. Lowering stress levels means you’re more likely to have a smile on your face and be nice to everyone around you.

      18. You have healthy skin: Too much stress can make your skin unhappy. Lowering stress helps keep your skin glowing and looking its best, just like washing your face and drinking water.

      19. You develop better sports skills: Stress can mess up your game. Lowering stress levels can help you focus better during sports, making you a better player on the field or the court.

      20. You have happier pets: Believe it or not, pets can feel stressed too! When you’re calm and relaxed, your pets feel happier and more relaxed too, just like when you give them belly rubs and treats.

      #stressfree #lifestylechanges #happinessinlife

      HSE Updates with Mental Health First Aid

      What are these updates?

      Let’s start with what is a First Aid Needs Assessment.

      • This is a systematic evaluation of the risks and hazards within your workplace or community setting to determine the appropriate provision and level of first aid cover you should provide. It is bespoke to your setting and company.
      • It involves identifying potential injuries or illnesses that may occur and assessing the resources needed to respond effectively.
      • If you have more than 1 site, each site should have its own first aid needs assessment.

      What are the key parts to your First Aid Needs Assessment:

      • Identification of Hazards: Recognising potential risks and dangers present in your workplace, such as machinery, chemicals, or environmental factors like extreme temperatures.
      • Assessment of Risks: Evaluating the likelihood and severity of injuries or illnesses resulting from the identified hazards.
      • Consideration of Workforce Characteristics: Taking into account the size and dempgraphics of the workforce, including any specific health conditions or vulnerabilities present ( injuries/illnesses/long term conditions eg)
      • Review of Previous Incidents: Examine any past incidents or near misses to identify patterns or areas for improvement in your first aid provision.
      • Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring compliance with Health and Safety regulations, such as the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 in the UK.
      • Training and Competency: Assessing the training needs of all your designated first aiders and ensuring they possess the necessary skills and knowledge to respond effectively to emergencies that may show within your workplace (Paediatric and First Aid at Work trained for schools)
      • Equipment and Facilities: Determining the types and quantities of first aid equipment needed, as well as the adequacy of first aid facilities in the workplace or community.

      Why are First Aid Needs Assessments Needed in the UK?

      1. Legal Requirement: Employers in the UK are legally obligated under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, including provision for first aid.
      2. Duty of Care: Employers have a duty of care towards their employees and others affected by their activities, which includes providing appropriate first aid measures.
      3. Risk Management: Conducting a first aid needs assessment helps organisations identify and mitigate risks, reducing the likelihood of accidents and minimizing the impact of incidents when they occur.
      4. Prompt Response to Emergencies: By identifying potential hazards and assessing the necessary resources, first aid needs assessments ensure that trained personnel and adequate equipment are available to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.
      5. Employee Wellbeing: Having well-trained first aiders and adequate first aid provision in place promotes a safer working environment and demonstrates a commitment to the health and wellbeing of employees.
      6. Reputation and Trust: Effective first aid provision enhances an organization’s reputation and builds trust among employees, customers, and the wider community.

      New changes:

      With this in mind, employers now must do the same for First Aid for Mental Health, to ensure all employees are supported with their emotional needs as with their physical needs and this should be recorded in the same way as the physical first aid needs assessment in done.

      In summary, a first aid needs assessment is a crucial process for evaluating risks, determining necessary resources, and ensuring legal compliance to provide prompt and effective first aid response in the UK. It helps organisations create safer environments, protect individuals from harm, and fulfill their duty of care responsibilities.

      “Breaking the Silence: A Guide to Mental Health Support”

      In a world that often moves at a rapid pace, it’s crucial to prioritise our mental health. Yet, the stigma surrounding mental health support can make it challenging for individuals to seek the help  they need.

      This blog aims to break the silence and provide valuable insights into mental health support.

      Within our First Aid for Mental Health courses in Huddersfield, we look at what provision there is locally to support others with their health & wellbeing.

      First of all  we need to look at what mental health is, and who actually has it.

      1. **Understanding Mental Health:**

      Mental health is as important as physical health and encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. By gaining a better understanding of mental health, we can create a more compassionate and informed support network. Everyone has mental health just like we have physical health

      2. **Destigmatising Mental Health:**

         Stigma is a significant barrier that prevents many individuals from seeking help.. By destigmatising mental health, we can create an environment where individuals feel comfortable seeking the support they need without fear of judgment.

      One reason for this could be due to the fact that mental health can very often be hidden and is certainly personal to the individual, and what we can’t see can sometimes be really difficult to understand in the world of first aid for mental health.

      3. **Building a Supportive Community:**

         A strong support system is crucial for mental well-being. The importance of building a supportive community that encourages open communication and active listening is key

      Historically, we had a kitchen table and no TV or Computer or mobile phones in sight. But what it did mean is that we spoke and we chatted about how our days had gone and what to do about any problems or challenges that people had.

      That support network is sometimes missing now and that in turns makes it difficult to have those conversations.

      We are all happy to say ‘morning, you ok?’ and expect the answer back of ‘ yes, are you?’ However that doesn’t encourage people to be open and honest about the situations they are feeling at the time.

      4. **Available Resources:**

         Providing information on available mental health resources, including hotlines, counselling services, and online platforms is so unbelievably helpful. On our mental health first aid courses, our learners look and  explore different options and find the support that best suits varying needs. This is highlighted as a sign of strength, not weakness.

      5. **Self-Care Practices:**

         Introducing self-care practices that can contribute to overall mental well-being is also a part we now sadly miss out on. From mindfulness and meditation to exercise and proper sleep, it is so helpful to share practical tips that individuals can incorporate into their daily lives. Empowering individuals to prioritise self-care as an essential aspect of maintaining good mental health.

      6. **Encouraging Professional Help:**

         While a strong support system is crucial, sometimes professional help is necessary on some occasions and this could be GP, crisis team, A & E or Samaritans in the first instance. Discussing the benefits of therapy and counselling, emphasising that seeking the assistance of mental health professionals is a proactive step towards better mental well-being is something we should all be comfortable in saying moving forward.

      7. **Sharing Personal Stories:**

      Talking about personal stories or testimonials to humanise the mental health journey can be really useful as long as this doesn’t take away the initial fact you are there to support someone else. Although real-life experiences can inspire others to seek help and show that they are not alone in their struggles. Both Steve and myself have struggled, myself from the age of 5 to be honest, when my life was turned upside down and support in those days wasn’t heard of, and that is why we are passionate about supporting and teaching others with their mental health through our First Aid for Mental Health courses.


      In conclusion, creating a culture of mental health support requires collective effort. By understanding mental health, breaking down stigma, building supportive communities, and accessing available resources, we can make significant strides in fostering a healthier and more compassionate society. Let’s encourage open conversations and be allies in the journey towards mental well-being. Together, we can break the silence surrounding mental health and create a world where everyone feels heard, supported, and understood.

      #mentalhealth #firstaidformentalhealth #training #huddersfield #kirklees #NUCO

      Why use Purple Dog for your First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid and First Aid for Mental Health Training?

      The power of fun and relevance when you attend a course with Purple Dog Ltd

      Here at Purple Dog Ltd, we love making our learning fun, so the traditional approach of dull, monotonous training is not something we want or need our customers and learners to have to sit through.

      We know that to truly unlock the potential of our learners, it’s crucial to make learning both enjoyable and relevant.

       In this blog post, we’ll look at why embedding fun and relevance into our training sessions does significantly benefit your business.

      1. More Engagement

      When learning is enjoyable, our learners are more likely to be engaged and attentive. And by putting in elements of fun, such as interactive practical, Q&A’s, and multimedia content, captures the interest of learners and keeps them actively involved in their learning process. This means that we have improved retention of the life saving skills and information taught, as individuals are more likely to remember and apply these skills when they’ve enjoyed the learning experience. This is so important when teaching  #firstaid and #paediatricfirstaid #mentalhealthfirstaid

      2.Boosted Morale and Motivation:

      Our fun and relevant first aid and mental health first aid training courses, contribute to a positive work environment, by fostering a sense of enjoyment and achievement. When your employees find joy in learning, they are more motivated to participate and excel. This increased motivation extends beyond the training room, positively giving your employees, our learners the skills and confidence to use out of their workplaces within their home and personal lives.

      3. Alignment with Different Learning Styles:

      We understand at Purple Dog Ltd, that our learners have diverse learning styles, and a one-size-fits-all approach to training often falls short. By us making learning fun and relevant, this caters to various learning styles, accommodating visual, auditory, kinaesthetic. Interactive and engaging activities can appeal to hands-on learners, while multimedia content suits visual learners. By acknowledging and incorporating these differences, we create a more inclusive and effective learning environment for your diverse workforce.

       4. Application of Real-world Scenarios:

      Relevance is key to the effectiveness of any training course we deliver, be it first aid at work courses, paediatric first aid courses or mental health first aid courses. When employees see a direct connection between what they are learning and their day-to-day responsibilities, they are more likely to apply that knowledge in practical situations. We ensure we use real-world scenarios and case studies into our training sessions makes the content more relatable, providing employees with valuable insights and skills that can be immediately put into action in their roles.

      5. Encouraging a Growth Mindset:

      A fun and relevant learning environment  here at Purple Dog Ltd, nurtures a growth mindset amongst your employees. When individuals are encouraged to view challenges as opportunities for growth, they become more resilient and adaptable. Research has shown that employees who see learning as an enjoyable and relevant part of their professional development are more likely to embrace new technologies, methodologies, and approaches.

      6. Building a Positive Learning Culture:

      Purple Dog Ltd, wants to support you in creating a positive learning culture within your organisation that goes beyond individual training sessions. When learning is seen as an ongoing, enjoyable process, your employees are more likely to seek out opportunities for self-improvement and share their knowledge with colleagues. The skills Purple Dog teach you in First Aid at Work, Paedaitric First Aid and Mental Health First Aid enables your employees to take these lifesaving skills out of the workplace and into their home life.

      So.. Purple Dog Ltd  makes learning fun and relevant. We are not just about creating enjoyable training sessions; we also support organisation’s approach to professional development.

      So, why settle for mundane training when you can embark on a journey of learning that is both enjoyable and relevant here at Purple Dog Ltd?

      #firstaid #training #huddersfield #barnsley #paediatric #paediatricfirstaid #mentalhealth #mentalhealthtraining

      Martyn’s Law & Blood Loss Trauma First Aid

      Who is Martyn and what is Martyn’s Law is what we are being asked a lot at the moment.

      Martyn’s Law refers to a set of proposed security measures, aimed at improving public venue safety in the United Kingdom, particularly in light of potential terrorist threats.

      Here are the key points of Martyn’s Law as we believe they will be moving forward:

      • This is named after a victim: Martyn’s Law is named after Martyn Hett, one of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017.
      • These are mandatory security measures: The law proposes mandatory security measures for publicly accessible spaces and venues.
      • Risk assessments must be completed: Venue operators must conduct thorough and rigorous risk assessments to identify potential security threats and vulnerabilities.
      • Contingency plans must be In place: Develop and maintain comprehensive contingency plans to address different security scenarios, including terrorist attacks.
      • Collaboration with authorities is a must: Establish effective collaboration and information-sharing mechanisms with local law enforcement and emergency services.
      • Staff training must be implemented: Provide appropriate training to staff members to recognize and respond to security threats effectively. This is what Purple Dog Training offer, with the Blood Loss trauma first aid courses we now deliver.
      • Incident reporting must be part of the process: Implement mechanisms for reporting suspicious activities or behaviors and ensure staff members are aware of the procedures.
      • Physical security measures to be implemented: Consider implementing physical security measures such as CCTV cameras, access control systems, and screening procedures to enhance safety.
      • Communication with the public to ensure they understand the security measures: Develop clear and accessible communication strategies to inform the public about security measures and emergency procedures.
      • Regular testing and drills should happen: Regularly test and conduct drills to evaluate the effectiveness of security measures and ensure staff members are well-prepared for emergencies.
      • Compliance monitoring for due diligence: Establish mechanisms for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the law’s requirements.
      • Applicability for your venue: The law is aimed at various public venues, including but not limited to, stadiums, concert halls, shopping centers, hotels, and educational institutions.

      So the courses that we are delivering in Huddersfield under the blood trauma first aid heading, covers all these points as well as the opportunity to practise first aid skills for those trauma first aid incidents

      #firstaid #martynslaw #trauma #kirklees #huddersfield #mentalhealth #safety #cctv #bloodloss