I first took a child first aid course when I was 17 years old, which is more years ago than I care to admit. Luckily, I never needed to use the skills I learnt, but when I had my children, I started to think that it was probably time to refresh my memory. After all, whilst we hope never to need these critical skills, knowing what to do if your child, or anyone else, is choking or unconscious could save someone’s life. So when I heard that a new branch of Daisy First Aid was opening in Crawley, I knew it was time to book myself on a course, and I’m so glad I did.
I opted for one of Daisy First Aid’s at home courses, which is a 2 hour course in the comfort of your own living room – great to do if you’ve got young children around, or if you have a group of people that would like to learn together.
When I was planning to do this course, quite a few other mums said the same thing to me – “I’ve been meaning to do a child first aid course, but haven’t got around to it yet”, and I think, in part, we put it off because we’re a little bit scared that all the information will be too overwhelming and we’ll be left worrying about everything that could happen to our children even more than perhaps we were before. Well, having now completed a course myself, I can tell you that you don’t need to worry – a Daisy First Aid course will not scare you, but will leave you well-informed and with the confidence to deal with an accident or emergency and look after your child or loved one until the emergency services arrived.
Our instructor was Ellie, who joined Daisy First Aid after using her own first aid knowledge to help her son when he was choking on a piece of apple. Being a parent herself, Ellie was well aware of the worries and concerns we all had, and as such, led a very relaxed session, reassuring us and explaining everything very clearly and was happy for us to ask as many questions as popped into our heads during the course. She’d brought along a selection of props, meaning we all got to try our hand at using the training defibrillator, practising CPR on both adult and baby dummies, and applying bandages.
Topics covered included:
- Treatment of an unconscious casualty
- Recovery Positions
- Resuscitation and CPR
- Head injuries
- Febrile seizures
- Other childhood conditions
Whilst I still hope never to need the skills I learned from Ellie, after completing this course, I can honestly say that I believe I could cope in an emergency situation, and would know what to look out for, and how to help someone in need until the arrival of healthcare professionals. I’d thoroughly recommend this course to anyone!
And don’t just take my word for it, here’s what some others from the course thought:
“The course was really informative; we enjoyed the relaxed learning environment, but we also took away some essential baby first aid skills. They are ones I hope I’ll never need to use, but that I’m so glad I’m confident in, just in case!” KB, March 17
“This course was a great way to learn basic first aid in a relaxed environment. I found it informative without overwhelming me with information which, along with its interactive style, helped me retain what I had learned. Great course!” JH March 17
To book your course, go to daisyfirstaid.com or contact Ellie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daisy First Aid provided us with a free course for the purposes of this review. Our opinions are genuine and our own. We only ever recommend products and services that we have had a great experience of.