First aid and routine care

First aid requirements

Services are reminded that the first aid requirement can be met by one staff member who holds a current approved first aid qualification, anaphylaxis management training and emergency asthma management training. The staff member must be in attendance and immediately available in an emergency.

Services should in the first instance consider adjusting the staff roster to make sure one rostered staff member is suitably first aid qualified.

Services and educators are encouraged to pursue available online options to complete first aid refresher training.

  • The Commonwealth Government's My Skills website lists a range of first aid refresher training providers who are offering online options.
  • The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) also provides further information about first aid training on their website.

If first aid qualification requirements cannot be met, you may apply for a temporary waiver if staff have been unable to complete first aid refresher training due to coronavirus (COVID-19) as outlined above.

Contact the Quality Assessment and Regulation Division (QARD) advice line on 1300 307 415 for more about applying for waivers or first aid requirements.

Provision of routine care and first aid

Physical distancing is not practical when providing direct care. In this situation, standard precautions, including hand hygiene, are important for infection control.

Standard precautions are advised when coming in to contact with someone for the purpose of providing routine care, assistance or first aid. Also see NHMRC guidance Staying healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services.

Always wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser before and after performing routine care or first aid.