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New research claims 30% of us wouldn't know what to do if our young child choked on some food. And 29% weren't sure how to react if they got burnt by oil in a frying pan. So now the St John Ambulance in Somerset are running First Aid courses targetted at Early Years.
They're for both mums and dads and also for people whose work brings them into contact with young children, like play group leaders, au pairs and even teachers. The 12 hour courses can be done over 2 days or as 4 three hour sessions in the evening. Scenarios include looking at the treatment of an unconscious casualty, choking, head injuries, burns, sprains, fractures and childhood conditions like meningitis and croup.
Elaine Leighton from the charity told Heart: "It's vital people are up to date with their first aid skills. It could make the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Nationally around 150,000 people die each year from a lack of basic first aid skills. Everybody should have the necessary skills to cope in an emergency. This year we will be running Early Years courses in Taunton, Bridgwater, Frome, Highbridge, Minehead, Wells and Yeovil."
To find out more about the courses, contact St John Ambulance Somerset on 08700 104950.