EYFS Planning- 3 top techniques to become a master planner!

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Planning is key when you work in foundation years. The EYFS needs people to plan and provide early year’s provision that works to put children first. It requires you to listen to the children and their parents and to observe what the children do and to make them the prime influence on the planning, observation assessment, routines and staffing.

The key is to really observe closely what children can do and use those observations as the basis of assessment and planning of the next stages of children’s development.

There are three tips we always advise when beginning your planning.

Use Observation​ – Observation is the practice of looking at and listening to children to see out how they are maturing, what they enjoy doing and what they are learning through their play and the experiences given to them.  It is key that parents AND practitioners come together and talk about how they think the child is getting on and to see if that child is at the correct stage for the child’s development and to talk about if the resources they are using such as the toys are suitable for them.

Observations of children are so important. This is because each child has a distinctive set of traits and talents, and observations are able to show this. It always starts with the child, observe what the children wants to do, what they are interested in, who do the enjoy playing with and what resources do the like playing with.  By looking at all these factors it gives the adults dependable information about the children as individuals.  Observation also allows opportunities to measure the children’s needs which allow them to accurately plan the next steps in their learning. Observations should take place consistently as a part of a daily routine.

 Use Assessment – ​ There are two types of assessments in the EYFS. The first assessment is an on-going (or formative) assessment which is what specialists will be doing every day to make decisions on what the child has learned or can already do, so as to assist the child to move on with their learning.  The other type of assessment is known as ‘summative’ assessment which takes place twice in the revised EYFS.

When a child is between 24 and 36 months- the result of this assessment are recorded and parents and practitioners use the information gathered to recognize the child’s strengths and their learning needs.  Using assessment within your planning is very important. Getting to know the children individually through observation and assessment helps to highlight and understand the different ways children learn.

Once you understand the individuals in your care you are then in a much better place to begin planning sessions that will really work for those children.

In the moment planning

Whilst it is obviously key to have your lessons planned far in advance of the sessions you deliver you should never underestimate the importance of ‘in the moment’ planning.

There are three characteristics of effective teaching and learning which are:

1. Exploring and playing –​ children explore and experience things and ‘have a go’

2. Active learning ​– children remain focused and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements

3. Creating and thinking critically​- children have their own ideas and develop them, make links between ideas and create plans for doing things.

Children want to learn, explore and question things but you want to be able to see the moment of engagement for each individual child. This part is really important when using the ​in the moment planning​ approach. There will be times that show the moment when a child is the MOST interested and their curiosity is piqued . Normally, these are called ​teachable moments.  When you have these moments you then have the tools to look again at your planning and plan future activities that incorporate those particular engagements and interests.

Here at The Midlands Training Company we offer a course called EYFS resourceful planning. In this course you learn how to get the most out of your planning, the observation and assessment cycle, the different styles of planning and the in the moment and working planning



Safeguarding – Practical tips to ensure you are compliant

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 If you work with children you will be aware that under current guidelines, organisations who work with children, young people and adults at risk have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare?

In a nutshell, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This covers everything from building security, safe recruitment of staff and everything in between. It is exceptionally important to get it right.

We deliver several Safeguarding courses and thought we would breakdown some practical tips to ensure you are protecting, not only children, but also yourselves.

Practice – Showing good, effective practice is essential in safeguarding. The key thing to remember is to try not to over complicate your practice. With this we mean it is easy to get bogged down in jargon and words when the most important thing to do is to ensure the following:

  • The child comes first – The child’s welfare is the most IMPORTANT thing and you must recognise the importance of this as standard and recognise and acknowledge the children’s rights.
  • Effective communication – Ensure you have means to communicate with ALL parents quickly and effectively and that parents understand in simple terms what your safeguarding policy is, how to access it and who to speak to if there is a concern.
  • Relationships matter – Ensure staff and children have two-way relationships and that all children and any concerns (however big or small) are listened to and responded to accordingly
  • Doors are always open – Children need to know who to talk to and where there is a safe space if they ever need to bring up any concerns.
  • Knowledge – training must be up-to-date and thorough across the whole setting.
  • Transparency – probably the most important thing with Safeguarding is that your policies and procedures are clear with no ambiguity in any way.

Policies – Your policies for Safeguarding are hugely important.They need to be visible and simple and state, in simple terms:

  • What to do if there are concerns – whether you are a teacher, staff member, parent or child
  • Who to talk to if there are concerns – There should be a clear list of who to talk to in this situation and there should always be more than one person.
  • What the procedure is – if there are concerns you need to state, simply, what the procedure is in simple steps.
  • The Outcome – The outcome of any concerns which are aired also needs to be listed

Policies should also cover:

  • Online Safety
  • Equality and Diversion
  • Staff code of conduct

Ensure your policy is available to view at any time and can be requested or viewed online.

Recruitment – A hugely component part of your safeguarding is to ensure proper and safe recruitment. You must have a clear, concise recruitment policy that embeds safeguarding into all areas of the recruitment process.

Training – Training staff in regards to Safeguarding is hugely important. You must ensure all staff members properly understand and follow your Safeguarding policies. This is why it is key to ensure they are concise and simple to understand.  Ensure they are written plainly, without jargon and are absolutely clear about what staff should do if a child discloses abuse or they suspect that a child is being, or may be, harmed.

Any contacts of your Safeguarding Lead(s) as well as local departments for social care should be clearly listed and regularly updated. You must also ensure your policy is consistent with the procedures of your own local safeguarding board.

Always remember you have a duty of care for your students but you also have a duty of care for yourselves.

If you need any support with your safeguarding practice, policies, training or more we have a number of suitable courses to support you. You can find out more here. We can also put together bespoke training courses for your own needs. Give us a call on 02476 714873 or email us enquires@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

6 Reasons why ELearning is BRILLIANT for your employees

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We’ve recently launched our fantastic new E-Learning platform online which sparked a conversation in the MTC office as to why E- Learning is such an amazing tool. We thought we’d share those reasons with you!

1/ It saves you money! The first (and most important in many small businesses) is that online training can save your company money. Although many training courses may require space for training, equipment etc as well as involving a level of additional time and travel an e-learning course simply requires that the learner has access to a working computer to access the information.

2/ It’s great for employee morale and CPD – CPD stands for continuous personal development which is as simple as it sounds. Looking after your employees is more than simply providing them with work and paying them at the end of each month. Investing in your staff keeps your staff happy, efficient and ahead of the curve.

Richard Branson always said ‘Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough, so they don’t want to.’

3/ Accessibility – Let’s face it. Life can be very, very busy for the professional worker. Taking the time to train is always the priority however, there are 24 hours in a day. E Learning can be accessed at any time to fit around your busy schedule. You can do it in one day or in small chunks. It’s flexible and can be moulded just for you.

4/ Learn at your own pace without pressure – Regardless of your experience at school or any level of learning taking part in training can be a scary thought. What if I can’t keep up? What if I have to ask questions? What if I am behind? The beauty of E-learning is you can do it at your own pace, within the comfort of your own home and without any external pressures.

5/ It’s scalable – Sometimes with training (not ours might we add as we can provide totally bespoke packages) the training you want doesn’t match the number of employees you need to train. Like all our training programmes E-Learning modules can be asily be scaled up to roll out to as many employees as you need.

6/Keep it Green – According to the Open University ‘Distance learning courses consumes an average of 90% less energy and produces 85% fewer CO2 emissions per student than conventional face-to-face courses’ So not only is E-Learning a great way to save your business money it’s also a great way to save the planet too!

So, there you have it! Six, great reasons why E-Learning could be the training vehicle you’re looking for.

Our E-Learning Courses are written by our technical team who themselves are highly experienced in the care and education sector, having worked at management levels in nurseries, schools, care homes and hospitals. All our E-Learning Courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

All courses include FREE certification on successful completion and course resources available for 12 months.

Check out our course listings right here.

New partnership with local business Drama Tots

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Staff from fabulous, locally based, national franchise  business Drama Tots enjoyed a day in the sun recently at their inaugural franchisee conference. Staff from the companies many franchises joined together for this event and we were delighted to join them for the day as their official training provider.

Drama Tots was founded in Coventry by local businesswoman Leanne Jones and it has grown steadily and consistently over recent years to now operate a number of franchises all over the UK.

We were approached about their training requirements for all of their staff members and have loved working with them to put together a plan for their training needs. At The Midlands Training Company we can put together training to really suit your needs and, due to the nature of Drama Tots business, our E-Learning courses were the perfect fit for them.

Leanne Jones,  founder of Drama Tots, said “It’s fantastic to be working with the Midlands Training Company as our dedicated training partner for all of our Drama Tots Franchisees to do their online courses. (Safeguarding and First Aid) We appreciate all the support that Jini has given us so far and look forward to working together with MTC in the future”

Jini Vyas, Senior Manager from MTC said “It’s been a pleasure working with Drama Tots and an honour to become their official training provider. We love our ability to put together bespoke, tailor made packages for our partners and customers and have really enjoyed supporting Leanne and her team through this process. It’s also great to be working with such a fantastic local business. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

If you have a little one from 18 months to 4 years or are involved in a nursery setting the friendly, helpful staff from Drama Tots would love to hear from you here

If you love to perform and looking for a flexible and fulfilling career then why not check out how you can work with the team at Drama Tots here

Finally, if you have any training needs we will have the course that suits you. Check out all the details right here

Why one size training does not fit all

We’ve just had a lovely email sent into the office from one of our newer customers today complimenting us on our services. Not only did it make us all smile on this grey and rainy day it got us thinking about how ‘one size does not fit all’ when it comes to training.

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We have a large number of businesses we work with on our ‘managed solution’. What this essentially means is that we look after ALL of their training requirements on an ongoing basis. One company managing all your training. Imagine that! No shopping around and we wont be beaten on price or quality either.

This service began when realised that ‘one size absolutely does NOT fit all’ when it comes to training. Training is personal. It isn’t always something you can just ‘pick off the shelf’ for sole use. We have always had the ability to provide bespoke training tailored to the businesses, schools, care homes and nurseries we work with.

There are often complex needs in many of the settings we work with. Time available. Staff constraints. Wanting a course which is very specific. Wanting a one day rather than a two day course. The key to being a quality training provider is providing the right solutions, at the right time that suits, for the right amount of people. It is matching the right trainer to the particular customers needs. And we believe it’s what makes us different.

One size does not fit all and we love sitting down with our clients with a blank piece of paper and providing them with the solutions to their staff training. People are very busy and everybody is different so whilst one training course might be suitable for one person it absolutely wouldn’t suit someone else.

Let’s say you go into a clothes shop for a dress. There are hundreds on the rails and lots of people in there but whilst the first dress you pick up might fit you like a glove the person behind you might find it too short. Or too tight. Which is why there is sizing available. It’s the same with our training. We will find the right course for you and we’ll even write it with you in mind.

So whilst it was lovely to receive such a lovely testimonial it was equally satisfying to realise that our bespoke training really is working. Could we help you with your training needs? Why not get in touch

British Values in the Early Years – What you need to know

Although British Value within EYFs have actually been around since 2015 there is still some confusion about what you need to do within your setting. That said, it really is quite simple.

The fundamental British values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths.

What this essentially means is introducing the concept of the above values into the learning at your setting. The key to doing this successfully is to ensure that it is age appropriate and meaningful.

The confusion or, sometimes, concern, is the level of detail into which you have to go to show you are promoting British Values in your setting.

There are lots of resources and ideas online to support best practice and and activities to support the topic however, without you even realising it, you probably already incorporate most of the fundamentals in your day-to-day work with the children.

Democracy can include things as simple as asking children to vote for the next activity or story they’re being read. It’s about making decisions together and ensuring everybody has equal rights. In young children this is often as simple as understanding about the importance of taking turns, sharing and working together.

Rule of law is also something which you will already be practicing. It’s all about rules, codes of conduct, boundaries and learning the difference between right and wrong. It is teaching that our actions have consequences. Getting the children involved in this day-to-day practice is also really important. Why not ask the children to create their own rules. Ask them: Why do we need rules? What would happen if we didn’t have rules?

Individual Liberty is all about choices. The right for a child to have a different opinion to another and that they are an individual. Young children often have a very strong sense of self and it’s really great to help enforce that and encourage them to make their own choices during the day as well as increase their confidence

Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths is, again, something you will already be practicing as it is, primarily, all about treating others how we want to be treated. Young children just see other children and helping them to respect others and work in unison is really important. Simple things such as celebrating other faiths and religions and learning all about those faiths and religions. Respecting religious festivals and building it into your planning is a really great way to talk to children about this.

Whilst it can be simple it is important to get such key topics right and encourage best practice. If you need any support with this topic we do run regular courses for just £25 PP. For more details click here


Don’t be afraid to intervene when conflict arises at school

When conflicts arise within a school setting it can be difficult to know what to do. Especially if there is a crisis situation. According to the DFE All members of school staff have a legal power to use reasonable force but that alone can be a difficult prospect to address.

What if the intervention goes wrong? Sometimes you have to act and make a very quick decision about exactly how you need to intervene. Are you equipped to make the right decisions and use the right techniques to stop a situation from escalating safely and using the correct practice?

We hear so often that staff are scared to do the wrong things in these situations but simple techniques can be learnt and put into practice simply and easily. More importantly, it gives staff the confidence to know that should a situation arise they have the right skills and knowledge to use at that time.

This is why the right training is key. Knowledge is power and getting the correct training can empower your staff to really KNOW how to address and handle difficult situations. Our new course looks at:

  • Safeguarding & child protection (body movement and touch)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Types of communication
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Risk assessment
  • Decision making
  • Appropriate intervention and De-escalation
  • Post crisis debriefing

It has been specially designed for teachers in school settings and really goes into the details you need to safely and properly intervene if you ever have to.

If you want to understand more about course details or how we can help just give us a call on 02476 714873 or email us enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

How many first aiders do I need in my workplace?

A question we’re often asked is ‘How many first aider do I need in my workplace?’

Obviously it is a very important thing to get right and, though the hope is that first aiders are never required, it is essential that you have the right amount trained correctly to take action if anything did occur.

The law surrounding first aid requirements can be a bit vague stating that ’employers must make sure there are adequate and appropriate first aid equipment, facilities, and number of qualified first aiders in the workplace.’

Knowing what qualifies as ‘adequate and appropriate’ is where can be a little vague to know whether you are legally compliant with your first aid policy.

So, how many first aiders do I need in my workplace?

There is no right or wrong answer to the number of first aiders that you need at work in terms of the law.

The HSE recommends that if you work in a company with 5 -50 workers, there should be at least one person trained in first aid with another first-aider should be in place for every 50 workers after that.

On our website you will find our handy calculator which will help you to quickly and easily establish the answer to this question and give you peace of mind that, not only are your employees safe, but also that your company is legally compliant.

Our easy to use First Aid Requirements Calculator has 3 simple steps that should only take a few minutes to complete. It will then use the latest HSE guidance to provide you with a full breakdown of how many first aiders you need and what type of training they require.

Just click HERE and it will take you through the simple procedure.

If you have any questions about first aid requirements or courses feel free to call our friendly and helpful staff on 02476 714873 or email enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

Why choose The Midlands Training Company to provide your Positive Conflict management training.

Why should we choose you for our training? It’s a really good question. Delivering training professionally is really, really important and finding the right provider to work with is key.

In the field of positive conflict management within schools it is so very important.   If handled ineffectively, conflict can quickly escalate, even to physical and emotional violence and this is something you absolutely want to avoid.

Type of content- Courses in this area should not be generic or one size fits all and there is a tendency to follow that pattern when leading training courses in positive conflict. Our course is tailored and specifically designed to be delivered in school settings with the staff and children in mind at all times. It covers (in brief):

  • Safeguarding & child protection (body movement and touch)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Types of communication
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Risk assessment
  • Decision making
  • Appropriate intervention and De-escalation
  • Post crisis debriefing

The right trainer – Our designated trainer  has been a qualified social worker since 1999. She also has a wealth of other qualifications to support her role as the director of a children’s care home, such as Safeguarding children and behavioural therapy. She has worked with children in foster care as well as the care homes she owns and is highly experienced in de-escalation techniques to calm children down who maybe experiencing emotional or attachment difficulties.

Don’t just take our word for it – We’ve also had some fantastic feedback we’ve had from teachers and staff who attended a recent course.

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So, is summary, ou need to ensure the training you choose is:

A/ Suitable specifically for you and your needs

B/ Delivered by an accredited trainer

C/ Is flexible in location for delivery

D/ Follows the latest guidelines outlined by the DFE 2013 for ‘Use of reasonable force in schools’

If you’re in a school setting and require this training why not give us a call on 02476 714873 or email us at enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

We’d be delighted to help. Click the link for more on our Positive Conflict Management Training course



Effective conflict resolution strategies to use in a classroom.

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If you work within a school setting you are bound to come across some forms of conflict. It is inevitable and can be difficult to deal with at times. The key with any conflict is to not allow it to spiral out of control which can happen very quickly if not dealt with effectively.

There are some simple strategies however that you can use within the classroom to help quickly resolve any conflict.

Take the time – sometimes jumping straight into a situation is not always the best option. Very often children can resolve conflict themselves and it is also important that they learn this key skill. Advice with more minor conflicts is to keep an eye on the situation and take the time to see if they can resolve it themselves. If it then begins to escalate you can step in and mediate.

Find the root cause – Often a conflict looks like one thing on the surface but is actually something else beneath. What looks like a squabble over a book or a pen at the time of conflict could actually be something deeper rooted between the children involved. If you have taken the time to see whether the situation will resolve itself and there is still conflict there are a few more things you can do to move forward in a positive way.

Ask questions – Many conflicts start because of misunderstandings and miscommunication.  Ask the children open questions to try to understand the root of the problem. What ? Why? How? Once you understand more about the situation you could try the below exercise to gain a positive resolution.

Role Play – Learning empathy is very powerful and can really help resolve many conflicts. Using role play to act out situations within the classroom can teach children to look at the situation from another’s point of view.

Simple strategies to adopt and use within your classrooms. Conflict situations have always been prevalent within schools and always will be however the way we respond and manage this can have a huge impact on these situations. If you or your staff require further support of training we have a brand new Positive Conflict Resolution Management training. Give us a call 02476 714873 or email us enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk




Positive handling training in schools

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“All members of school staff have a legal power to use reasonable force” DfE 2013

According to the Department for Education reasonable force can be used to prevent pupils from hurting themselves or others, from damaging property, or from causing disorder.

Within  a school, force is used for two main purposes – to control pupils or to restrain them.

At Midlands Training Company we spent many hours per week within school settings delivering training for everything from first aid, to nutrition and allergies to autism awareness so we understand the various situations teachers and staff have to deal with on occasion. With this in mind (and following feedback from our many school partners) we are working with some highly respected trainers in this field to design a brand new Positive Conflict Management Course.

There may be times, within your setting, that you find yourself having to deal with some element of conflict but are perhaps unsure of the best practice. There are many different ways of course to deal with conflict.

Safe methods such as de-escalation, conflict management, positive behavioural support, disengagement and restraint training, safe holding, therapeutic holding or positive manual handling are all good practice in these situations although you may not feel comfortable with all of those techniques.

Each technique would be suitable for the individual situation and the new course has been designed with this in mind. To be able to train individuals to not only have the understanding of different methods for different situations but also to give individuals the support and confidence to act safely and in the best interest of everyone involved in that particular situation.

We understand that sometimes difficult events do arise and that there are simple but effective practices that can simply and safely diffuse and resolve what could be a difficult situation.

The new one day course will cover:

  • Safeguarding & child protection (body movement and touch)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Types of communication
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Risk assessment
  • Decision making
  • Appropriate intervention and De-escalation
  • Post crisis debriefing

The purpose of the course is to empower staff to feel confident to make the right decisions safely and swiftly should they need to.

If you are unsure about the DFE’s guidelines, about the different techniques you could use or just about the course in general just contact us now on email (enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk)  or by calling 02476 714873

Creating a stimulating ‘learning environment’

We all know that the type of environment you work in can have a positive or negative, or even neutral, impact on an individual. You wouldn’t expect an employee to inspired in a dark, cramped workspace so why should we expect a child to fly in the wrong environment.

The environment within a setting is hugely important and cannot be underestimated.

When children feel safe and secure within their daily environment they are happy to then explore and find out about their surroundings and investigate further the things they can see, touch, manoeuvre or manipulate.

EYFS environments are categorised into three different spaces.

  • Emotional Environment
  • Outdoor Environment
  • Indoor Environment

The emotional environment boils down to the way the space feels. It’s ‘ambience and atmosphere’ Both things are incredibly important to get right and it has to work for the children, the staff and the parents. If the parents feel they are leaving their children in a safe, happy, enabling environment this is very important. If staff feel happy they are better placed to deliver care and, most importantly, if the child feel happy, safe and secure they are in a place to express their feelings and emotions and communicate any concerns or feelings knowing they will be heard and responded to.

You can create an emotional environment in many ways.

  • Using eye contact, smiles and friendly language when children arrive to spend time there puts them at ease.
  • Understanding the varying needs of some children and knowing that some may need additional support will put both the child AND the parent at ease.
  • Have a clear behaviour policy. Children like boundaries and rules to understand what is acceptable.
  • Ensure the child has a file with all their details that THEY have filled in so that any staff crossover or cover has access and can quickly get to know the child. If you know that child likes a comforter when they’re upset you are quickly and easily able to calm and settle  them.

Outdoor Environment

Children love to be outdoors and they learn differently again in this space. It gives them space to move with less restrictions than indoor play, it stimulates different senses and is really good for the children. Ideally children should be able to go outdoors in all weathers so having a covered space is helpful.

In the outdoors, children’s use of language is FIVE TIMES greater than indoors!

Ensure they have spaces to play safely, that they can be active, investigate, explore and take calculated risks.

Indoor Environment

The indoor environment is so important as it is where children tend to spend more of their day. Spaces need to feel bright, airy and stimulating without being overwhelming to children. You might want to use displays to promote the childrens work and give them the feeling of pride to see their pieces on show. It will need careful planning as as childrens interests and needs WILL change and the space should adapt and reflect that. Let the children dictate what they enjoy and use the space to accommodate those ideas and needs. Keep the space moveable, bright and safe with high quality resources which reflect the room and the age group within.

We run many EYFS courses including our EYFS The Environment course which is just £25 and we’ve had some wonderful feedback. For more info take a look here or call us 02476 714873



Seizures in infants and young children – What you need to know.

Witnessing an individual have a seizure can be very hard, especially when that individual is a child.

There are different types of seizures to be aware of when it comes to young children but the most common is known as a ‘Febrile Seizure’ which is the one we’re going to talk about in this article.

A febrile seizure is caused by a high temperature. If this happens to a young child in your care you must ALWAYS seek professional, medical advice however there are certain steps you can take in the very first instance that can make a big difference in the short term.

A febrile seizure usually lasts for less than five minutes. Your child will:

  • become stiff and their arms and legs may begin to twitch
  • lose consciousness and may wet or soil themselves

They may also vomit and foam at the mouth, and their eyes may roll back. (NHS UK guidelines)

You should put your child into the recovery position and remain with them at all times during a seizure. Try and remain calm and monitor how long the seizure lasts as this is very important.

You must call 999 or attend a nearby hospital if any of the below is occurring

  • Your child is having a fit for the first time
  • the seizure lasts longer than five minutes and shows no signs of stopping
  • you suspect the seizure is being caused by another serious illness – for example, meningitis
  • your child is having breathing difficulties

The above information follows the NHS guidelines.

If you require any further information about First Aid courses for young children please give us a call on 02476 714873 or email us enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk


WIN! Two FREE spaces on a paediatric first aid course

We’ve once again joined forces with the mighty Coventry Blaze to offer a unique giveaway. Back in December Blaze players Jordan Pietrus, Brett Robinson, Ryan Dingle, coach Danny Stewart and their family members all attended a paediatric first aid which was provided by ourselves.

We had an amazing response over social media and all those who attended the course said how grateful they were to have been given the chance to learn such important skills. With this in mind we wanted to work with the Blaze once again however this time we are giving away two FREE spaces on one of their courses and it will be open to everyone to apply.

You can enter the competition to win the spaces online by filling in your details here https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/news/ OR by visiting the our stand at the game versus the Flyers on the 14th January. The winner will be drawn out at the game on the 14th.

Sally Mahers, Blaze commercial manager said ‘Learning first aid skills is an incredible experience and can literally save lives and we are hugely grateful to The Midlands Training company for working with us and putting this great competition together. We hope lots of people take the time to enter and that the competition will help to drive home the message about the importance of being first aid trained.’

Paul Ingram, Director of ’The Midlands Training Company UK Ltd. (MTC)  said ‘’The Midlands Training Company UK Ltd had a great time working with the Blaze late last year and were overwhelmed with the response we received. We believe that First aid awareness training is really a life skill that everyone should have and the doing the session with the players was a great success and we feel they really benefited from the training. We are always keen to work with the community and offering free spaces on our next course seemed a natural progression. We are looking forward to working with the Blaze on Sunday and hope to continue to do more with them in 2018.

Deadline for entry will be the end of the third period on the 14th January but you can enter online right now!

To find out more about MTC visit www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk or call them on 02476 714873. You can also follow them on twitter @midtraincompany

3 reasons why learning First Aid skills should be your New Year Resolution

It’s approaching the time when we might sit down and write our list of New Year resolutions. Often they focus on getting fitter or healthier or perhaps spending more time with family.

What if your new resolution was something equally important? A resolution to take the time learn First Aid skills.

There are a hundred reasons to learn first aid skills but we wanted to encourage as many people as possible to learn these amazing skills in 2018 and so, in the office, we came up with 3 big reasons why it should be your resolution.

Let’s start with the obvious reason..

You could save a life – That’s a pretty big thing to say isn’t it? Life is so precious but also precarious. You never know when a situation might occur. When you hear someone shout ‘Does anyone know first aid?’ And you will be able to answer that call. Having that knowledge gives you such enormous peace of mind that, should you ever (and hopefully not) need to deploy those skills, you could. It could literally be the difference, at that moment, between life and death. Statistics says that people who receive first aid before emergency services arrive have a better survival rate. In fact in increases from 6% survival to a whopping 74%!

Job Opportunities – Having first aid skills under your belt is a great thing to have on your CV. Many organisations require first aiders amongst their staff and a person who is already trained is a really attractive thing for a potential future employer. Especially if they can see you have taken the decision to look at your own personal development and arranged training off your own back. That shows initiative and accountability. All great traits for an employee.

Confidence – Any kind of training which develops your personal skills is always good for your confidence. Knowledge is a powerful thing and it can really boost your confidence in situations.

So, there you have it. Three reasons why learning first aid should be your new resolution. We have a wealth of courses available and can come to you or we have a dedicated training centre.

For more info why not email us on enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk or call 02476 714873

When the Coventry Blaze came to train!

Earlier this week some of the Coventry Blaze players and wives came to join our paediatric first aid training session.

Head Coach Danny Stewart, Captain Jordan Pietrus and players Brett Robinson and Ryan Dingle were joined by their wives and partners to learn some very important, life saving, skills.

Everyone attending the course have very young children and all felt it was very important for them to really know and understand what they would need to do if there was ever an emergency.

The attendees covered things from CPR, choking and assessing the situation so they can take action. Whilst nobody hopes they will ever need to put any of the skills learnt into practice they all said there is an element of reassurance that they would now know what to do in an emergency situation.

The team were model pupils and all passed with flying colours! If you are a parent who thinks they would benefit from the skills learnt on one of our paediatric first aid courses we do have a number of dates available to book onto. 


10%Blaze discount offer

Until the 31st March 2018, MTC are offering Blaze supporters and partners a special 10% discount on all courses!

Please drop us an email on enquires@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk or call us on 02476 714873 and our team would be more than happy to help.

MTC team up with the Coventry Blaze to offer paediatric first aid training to players

Coventry Blaze players and coach are going back to the classroom next week to learn a valuable skill. The players, alongside their wives, will be taking part in a paediatric first aid session which is being provided by Blaze partner MTC.

Jordan Pietrus, Brett Robinson, Ryan Dingle and Danny Stewart will all be taking part in the session where they will learn invaluable, life saving skills. These players all have very young children and the knowledge of what to do in an emergency can actually save lives.

The course will cover all manner of situations including choking, blood loss, convulsions and more. In an emergency situation it can take 8 minutes for an ambulance to arrive so having these essential skills really could save a life.

Captain Jordan Pietrus said ‘As a father of a little girl I think it suddenly becomes so much more important to have a basic understanding of these life saving skills. When you become a parent and you are responsible for this tiny person who relies on you, you just want to do everything in your power to keep them safe. I hope there would never be a circumstance when I would need to put any of our learning into practice, however having the opportunity to learn these skills will give me additional peace of mind that I would know what to do should the worst ever happen. We’re all really looking forward to the course’

MTC Director, Paul Ingram, said ‘’The Midlands Training Company UK Ltd. are proud to be working with Coventry Blaze, showcasing one of  our most popular courses.  It demonstrates the importance of first aid awareness for everyone and teaches invaluable lifesaving skills.   We have been working with the local community and the course has been delivered to primary school children, support staff as well as parents and carers of children at local day nurseries in Coventry and across the midlands”

The course will take place on the 5th December 2017

If you would like to undertake first aid training, MTC offer a variety of courses and you can find our more here https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/e-learning-courses/ MTC are offering all blaze fans an exclusive offer of 10% discount off for all courses online and classroom based.

Just email enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk or call 02476714873and quote code Blaze10%. Offer runs until 31st January 2018

The importance of equality and diversity practice in the care industry

equality, human rights, diversity, training, care

If you work within the care industry you will no of the importance of this particular subject.

Equality and diversity are essential components of health and social care. Having quality and established equality and diversity practices help to ensure that the services provided are fair and accessible to all.

So, what is the definition of equality and diversity and where do they fit within your business practices?

Equality means ensuring that all those within your setting have equal opportunities, regardless of abilty, background or lifestyle.

Diversity means appreciating the differences between people and treating people’s values, beliefs, cultures and lifestyles with respect.

If you work within the health or social care sector you will be aware of four key laws to follow. These are;

  • The Equality Act 2010 – The Equality Act 2010 brings together a number of existing laws into one place so that it is easier to use. It sets out the personal characteristics that are protected by the law and the behaviour that is unlawful. These are age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, gender reassignment and sexual orientation.
  • The Human Rights Act 1998 – this legislation outlines the basic human rights and principles of equality. The ‘FREDA’ acronym helps you to remember what is covered by the Act: Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy.
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 – The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It is a law that applies to individuals aged 16 and over.
  • The Care Act 2014 – The Care Act 2014 came into effect from April 2015 and replaced most previous law regarding carers and people being cared for. this legislation provides six key principles which should underpin all work with vulnerable adults. This includes ensuring that adults receive support that’s personal to them, chosen by them and has their consent.

The importance of getting all of the above right can never be underestimated. It is key to remember, within care, that patients/service users are individuals and should always be treated as such. This is particularly important for any adults in need who, for a variety of reasons such as disability, illness or age, are not subsequently to take sufficient care of themselves or keep themselves from harm.

The main focus for promoting equality and diversity in the workplace is to prevent any kind of discrimination so being very aware of everything within your setting is key. Having stringest staff policies, up-to-date training and extremely regular checks will make the difference. Remember each patient or service user is an individual so when a new member arrives what may have been suitable in the past may NOT now be suitable for that person whether it is accessibility within the setting for example.

MTC offer elearning courses for Equality, diversity & human rights training for just £9.99 as well as number of other great elearning courses you can access for your staff simply and quickly.

Working with young children – The importance of safeguarding

If you are an organisation who works with young people you will already know the importance of safeguarding. Everyone who work with or come into contact with children should have safeguarding polices and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity, can be protected from harm. (NSPCC)

If you fall into this category it is essential to have prepared and to be following your own safeguarding policy and procedure. When children are in your care you are responsible for their wellbeing and you must ensure the way you work those children keeps them safe and does not place them at unacceptable risk of harm.

The policies you have in place must be followed by anybody who comes into contact with the child so everyone must be aware of  your policies and procedures. It is also your responsibility to undergo safe recruitment and look into the backgrounds thoroughly of anybody who will come into conduct with children in your care.

The DFE is responsible for child protection in England (each country in the UK has it’s own legislation) however, at a local level, Local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) co-ordinate, and ensure the effectiveness of, work to protect and promote the welfare of children.  Each local board includes: local authorities, health bodies, the police and others, including the voluntary and independent sectors. The LSCBs are responsible for local child protection policy, procedure and guidance.

We cannot stress the importance of up-to-date training

You may all have seen the recent NSPCC advert ‘Say something’ which is a very poignant advert about children needing an outlet to be able to talk. Everyone involved in working with children should be aware of the policy and procedure in a situation such as this and the importance of that role. It could change a child’s life.

Mental health in schools

On an almost daily basis at the moment we are reading about mental health concerns. Worryingly, included in this group of people written about, are young children. With this also being anti-bullying week it seemed a poignant time to talk about this.

But surely children are too young to suffer from any sort of mental health problems?

Sadly the government is right to focus on children’s mental health.  Stats drawn from the Health Committee enquiry into Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in 2014 indicate that:

  • About half of these (5.8%) have a conduct disorder, 3.7% an emotional disorder (anxiety, depression), 1-2% have severe Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and 1% have neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years has a mental disorder.
  • The rates of disorder rise steeply in middle to late adolescence and the profile of disorder changes with increasing presentation of the types of mental illness seen in adults.

In addition the Health Committee  also received evidence suggesting roughly 30% of English adolescents reported a level of emotional wellbeing considered as (sub-clinical) “low grade” poor mental health, that is they regularly (at least once a week) feel low, sad or down. The levels were higher among girls than boys.

These are shocking statistics and more can and should be done within schools to address them . Many schools have already taken steps towards addressing issues with extended pastoral teams and good results have been seen and there are many initiatives you can use within schools that do help with this growing problem.

Understanding triggers and reasons behind mental health is a good place to start and something that should be discussed at length within schools however a well placed, qualified and committed pastoral team is also essential to have a positive effect on the childrens well being and mental state. The benefit of a confidante or supportive ally within school who understands you should never be underestimated.

There are also a number of activities you could run within school and lessons which help to support and promote confidence and support children with low self esteem etc. There are some great ideas right here.

At MTC we also run a variety of courses and our Mental Health in Schools in now up and running. All information can be viewed right here.

Managing an unresponsive adult casualty

Whether you are the trained first aider or not would you know what to do if you came across an injured casualty? It can take 8 minutes for an ambulance to arrive on the scene. If you have never had any training before but do find yourself in this situation we recommend you follow the NHS guidelines.

First step is always to call 999 to alert the emergency services and request an ambulance. You then must follow the following three priorities which are commonly referred to as ABC

  • Airway
  • Breathing
  • Circulation

If a casualty is unresponsive keep asking if they are okay and if they can open their eyes. IF they respond to you then you should leave them in the position they are in and await support. During this time continue to check breathing, pulse and responses.


IF they do NOT respond, with the casualty in the position they are in try and open their airway. If this is not possible gently move them on to their back and open their airway by placing one hand on the casualty’s forehead and gently tilting their head back, lifting the tip of the chin using two fingers. If you think the person may have a spinal injury, then you should place your hands on either side of their head and use fingertips to gently lift the angle of the jaw forward and upwards, without moving the head, to open the airway.Be careful NOT to move the casualty’s neck. Remember however, that opening the airway takes priority over a neck injury. This is known as the jaw thrust technique.


To understand if the casualty is breathing look to see if their chest is rising and falling. Listen over mouth and nose for any breathing sounds and place cheek over mouth and nose to feel if their is any breath on your cheek for 10 seconds. If they are breathing normally place into recovery position and await support. Continue to monitor their breathing.  If the casualty isn’t breathing call 999 and, if you can, begin CPR.


If the casualty isn’t breathing normally, then you MUST start chest compressions immediately. Agonal breathing is common in the first few minutes after a sudden cardiac arrest (when the heart stops beating). Agonal breathing is sudden, irregular gasps of breath. This shouldn’t be mistaken for normal breathing and CPR should be given straight away.

This information has been supplied by the NHS and is covered as part of our Emergency First Aid at Work course.


Autism Awareness and the early years

Working with young children in EYFS settings you may come across children who  are displaying certain behaviours (and you believe may perhaps be autistic) or who need additional support.

In many cases, very young children, will not have received any kind of formal autism diagnosis however it is really important at this stage that you understand their needs and that correct support strategies are in place for each child. The autism spectrum is very wide and varied but there are plenty of things you can do to work with the children facing these challenges and ensure they have the best possible care at this crucial stage of their young life.

In this blog we will talk, in brief, about the challenges some children may face, behaviours you could keep an eye out for and also some strategies and best practices you can put in place to support them.


Many children on the spectrum will have problems with communication. The severity of this can range from severe to mild BUT there are really simple practices you can put in place to support children with communication problems. Just by making the language you use more simple and using less words when giving instruction can be a big help. The use of visual supports work really well – using pictures, charts, timelines to communicate and let the child see very clearly what is happening next and what to expect will make a big difference to their expectations. Sometimes children need more time to process instructions and may need it repeating. Make sure you repeat the instructions calmly, using simple language and that you give them time to process and act on this information. Just be aware they may need a little longer in some situations than other children might.

It is also very common for children to need a very strong routine. This is comforting to the child and they will like to follow this routine with deviation. Sudden changes from this routine can be upsetting to them so always ensure, if a change must happen, that the child is given notice and time to process as well as clear, simple explanation about why the change is necessary. Every child will be different and the level to which they suffer with change will differ. Just ensure that the care plan for each child suits their basic needs.

Some children may find it hard to process sensory information. Some may not enjoy loud noises or react to light and temperature changes. This can be managed by understanding the child’s triggers and avoiding or pre-empting these situations and helping them through those times.

Mealtimes with small children can always be a difficult time but you may find that some children are sensitive to new foods or some textures. They may also resist trying new foods. You can help them through mealtimes in various ways though. Always keep calm and don’t punish if they do not eat food. If they are struggling in a group with others you may find they eat better sat alone where they can process it all alone. Ensure you praise if they eat something new and encourage them at mealtimes. Understanding that they find this hard is the key. Small steps, consistent routine, encouragement and praise will all help.

Within EYFS settings children learn through play and it is often encouraged for children to take the lead and choose the activities they take part in. Autistic children can find playtimes hard. They often like to play alone or repeat games and can sometimes find it hard to choose an activity OR be so focused on one activity they do not want to move on to something else. Encourage them by partnering them with children of similar interests or spend focussed time with them on new activities. You can also introduce more routine for them into this time.

In summary understanding the child is key. Work with the other workers (if you have colleagues) and the parents to build a profile of the child. Understanding their triggers and pressure points will help you to build a day which works for that child. Be calm, kind and consistent and use praise and simple language.

If you are interested in our Autism Awareness course we have one coming up on 25th November for just £25PP  10am-1pm . Just email the office (enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk) or call 02476 714873

What to expect on a paediatric first aid course

Having a good understanding of emergency paediatric first aid is incredibly important for the safety of children and it could mean the difference between life and death.

he QA Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid
(QCF) qualification is perfect for:

• Parents or family members who want to learn key paediatric first aid skills
• Those who work with children and are not required to comply with Ofsted’s Childcare Register or EYFS requirements
• Those who want to provide additional support in their organisation to the paediatric first aiders that are trained
to meet EYFS or Ofsted Childcare Register requirements

But what actually happens on the course?

YES you will learn how to deal with life threatening situations which we know can be daunting BUT our trainers break each situation down into easy to remember, easy to understand chunks. The most important thing is that you go home with the knowledge of what to do if ever such a situation should arise so making it memorable will really help. On our courses you will learn how to deal with all the following:

  • Assessing an emergency situation
  • Dealing with an unresponsive infant or child
  • Recovery Position
  • CPR
  • Choking
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Seizures
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Shock
  • Accident recording

Groups are deliberately kept quite small so everyone feels confident to ask questions and are not overwhelmed and our trainers are very experienced in delivery. You will learn the skills in a friendly environment where you’re encouraged to ask and understand everything you learn so you leave, safe in the knowledge that you could save a life if such a situation occurred and, well, that’s an incredible skill to have.

How to provide care with dignity.

If you work within the care industry you will understand the importance of providing support with respect and preserving the persons dignity at all times.

When a person comes into care it can be a big step from their independence to being cared for. That person needs to retain some level of independence and choice.

Some of the ways you can support this are as follows:

Personal care

Providing personal care to an individual can be very intimate. Ensuring you allow the individual the option of privacy can help with their vulnerability. Not everyone feels comfortable being naked in front of others so always allow their dignity to be retained by looking away where possible and keeping them covered when you can.

Personal Choice

Providing choice to people in your care (what they eat, what they might choose to wear etc) is a great way to help them feel as though they retain independence. Allowing a person be involved in their decision making in their routines will have a positive affect on both their health and their well being.

Treating as an equal

Always treat the people in your care as an equal. You can do this in many ways. Always listen to them and respect what they are asking for or talking about. This will help develop your relationship.


Respect personal belongings and space

Always respect the individuals space and belongings. Do not move things as this can be upsetting and stressful and always ask for permission to touch things and be in their space.

Top Five First aid tips for parents

Children will always have their tumbles and their falls. Parents need eyes in the back of their heads! You cannot wrap children in cotton wool and there may be times when your child does have an accident but there are things you can do to help your little one when this happens.
What do you do if your little one suffers from a…nosebleed?
URBAN MYTH – Do NOT tip childs head back. Instead sit the child upright, pinch the lower section of the nose (close to nostrils) and lean the child forwards keeping pressure on the nose. You should try and keep the pressure for five to ten minutes and avoid temptation to check whether bleeding has stopped as this hinders the process.
What do you do if you child suffers from a…burn?
If it is a small burn (under 1/4 inch) first step is always to run the wound under cold water. If you cannot put wound under running water soak a towel or similar in very cold water and put on wound until stinging subsides. If the burn is larger than that do as above but seek medical advice.
What happens if your little one suffers a scrape or graze?
If the wound is bleeding you should apply pressure firmly on the wound with clean cloth until it stops. Keep the pressure on anywhere from three to 15 minutes. Clean the wound in lukewarm water and pat dry. If the skin is broken, apply a thin layer of an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment then cover with a plaster or gauze. If you find you cannot control the bleeding with direct pressure you should go immediately to your A&E department.
What to do if your little person gets a splinter?
If your child gets a splinter (glass, wood etc) in their skin there are a few things you should do. Wash the wound gently so the area is clean then take a sterilised pair of tweezers and pull the offending item slowly and gently out of the skin. If you cannot get the splinter out using this method visit your local GP.
Keeping children safe is a difficult job for parents and having the knowledge to deal with every cuts and bruises is a good thing. In the incident of, heaven forbid, more serious accidents actual first aid may need to be applied so you may consider booking onto a pediatric first aid course.
To find out more about all our courses you can call Jini on 02476 714873

What to stock in your First Aid kit

A well stocked First Aid kit can save lives. First aid kits should enable you to respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies. We recommend a first aid kit at home and one in your car. Although we always recommend you store the first aid kits somewhere out of the reach of young children we also recommend that you ensure that children, old enough to understand the purpose of first aid kits, know where they’re kept
So, what should be in your kit? Check out compiled list (source NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/990.aspx?categoryid=72)
The basics…
  • Sellotape
  • Plain plaster strip with small scissors
  • Bandage strips and “butterfly” bandages in assorted sizes
  • Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • Eye patches
  • Triangular bandage
  • Instant cold packs
  • Cotton balls / cotton buds
  • Disposable gloves
  • Vaseline
  • Plastic bags
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Eyewash solution
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxative
  • Antihistamine (liquid and tablet form)
  • Antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine
  • Pain relief (paracetamol, ibuprofen in tablet and liquid form)


  • Aloe vera gel
  • Calamine lotion
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cough and cold medications
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxative
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine (liquid and tablet form)
  • Pain relief (paracetamol, ibuprofen in tablet and liquid form)
  • Any personal meds

Emergency items

  • Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor
  • Medical consent forms for family members
  • Medical history forms family members
  • Emergency space blanket / foil
  • Portable charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Whistle
  • Torch with batteries (and spare batteries)
  • Matches
  • Small notepad and waterproof writing instrument
It may be comprehensive but take the time to really sort and pack your first aid kits. One day it might just save a life.
If you are interested in finding out more about our First Aid courses based in Coventry please call us on 02476 714874

Nutrition and allergies – What you need to know

Did you know that the levels of food allergy and intolerance are higher in children than in adults? This is especially important to consider within an EYFS setting. Whilst in your care you are each child’s eyes, ears and voice. Not being able to eat a certain food is one thing when you are a very small child…KNOWING what you can and can’t eat is entirely another.

If you work within an EYFS setting you will be aware of the latest legislation with regards to allergens. Essentially the legislation (put into practice in 2016) requires ALL food businesses, including childminders who provide food, to make information available on the presence of 14 specific allergens used as an ingredient in the food served. This information must also be easily accessible to guardians or parents.

We understand this can be a lot to consider and is hugely important to get right so we thought we’d share some of  the information we share within our EYFS Nutrition and allergens course.

1/ always check and re-check your allergen information. Often food manufacturers change ingredients in their products so, what may have been okay one week, may not be the following. Do not assume the ingredients remain the same.

2/ ensure the information is easily available AND up-to-date. If an ingredient changes always re-send information to the relevant parents and re-publish that information. Just because you know you’re doing the right thing doesn’t mean your paperwork will reflect that.

3/ Ask the question in show rounds and settling in sessions so you can plan, prepare and re-assure.

4/ Look for hidden allergens. Often allergens can lurk in the simple, stock items oils, sauces etc. Check ingredient labels on absolutely everything.

5/ avoid cross contamination when preparing all foods

If you want to know more about nutritions and allergens our course could help you. All the info and how to book can be found right here.

Emergency First Aid at Work and the law

Do you run a business? Do you employ staff? Are you aware of the rules regarding first aid within the workplace? It can be a bit of a grey area and is certainly an area overlooked by small businesses who simply do not know what they should and shouldn’t provide if they employ staff.

According to HSE an employers legal duties are as follows

‘The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.’

The regulations only cover first aid arrangements for employees, but businesses that deal with members of the public (such as shops) should also consider this in their needs assessment.

But what does this actually mean?

Essentially it is your responsibility to undertake some kind of risk assessment of your workplace. You will need to consider factors such as size of business, hazards and the type of work carried to understand your first aid provision needs. It stands to reason that some businesses with more obvious hazards require a very thorough first aid provision and policy. Consider your staff members needs. Do any of them have a known medical condition for example? How big is your site and how many people do you employ? This will affect how many trained first aiders you require at any time. Do you perhaps have more than one site staff work from?

It is hugely important to understand the regulations and have a plan in place along with all the correct training which must be kept up to date.

If you need any support or help with the above please give us a call 02476 714873 or email enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

Working with vulnerable adults – The importance of safeguarding

If you work with vulnerable adults you will already know about the importance of safeguarding. The people within your care are often frail, weak or immobile. Some people may suffer with mental health problems. Some may have learning difficulties. They are extremely vulnerable and will rely heavily on their carer to support their needs and so it is hugely important that safeguarding policies are in place and that their care is to a high standard.

Working with vulnerable adults means work where the normal duties involve or are likely to involve being in sole charge of such persons. A vulnerable adult means a person aged eighteen or over who have a condition of the following type:

1.      a substantial learning or physical disability;

2.      a physical or mental illness or mental disorder, chronic or otherwise, including an addiction to alcohol or drugs; or

3.      a significant reduction in physical or mental capacity.

The definition of Safeguarding essentially means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.

A stringent safe guarding policy should be in place for staff members to follow and a copy available for anyone to read on request.

Safeguarding is now considered such an important subject that it has been reflected in national legislation and the UK Government has set out some principles of safeguarding in health and social care that help us to understand how we can act to protect vulnerable adults. Those principles are:

  • empowerment – people should be supported to make their own decisions based on the best possible information
  • prevention – it is better to take action before harm occurs
  • proportionality – what we do should be proportionate to the risk: we don’t want to be over-protective if the risk is low, as this in itself can disadvantage people and deprive of them of the opportunity to make their own decisions
  • protection – those in greatest need require our support and protection
  • partnership – safeguarding is about different people, professions, groups and communities working together to cover all the angles in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse
  • accountability – as in all our activities as health care assistants, we need to be accountable for what we do in safeguarding.

You must have access to good training which is regularly updated as policies and standards change and evolve. If you work with vulnerable adults and are not sure what your safeguarding policy is please discuss this with your management.

Managing challenging behaviour in an early years setting – Help & Support

If you work within an early years setting you will have, no doubt, come across children who display challenging behaviour. This can, at times, be a difficult thing to manage but there are plenty of strategies and methods you can use which will help.

The simplest place to start is to ensure you have a clear and concise policy you can follow. This will just help to re-affirm your strategy and understand what you should be doing and when to support the children.

Encourage positive behaviour

Promoting positive behaviour within the setting and with all children will help to teach the children what is acceptable and help them to understand that, when they demonstrate positive behaviour there is a positive outcome. Using praise, positive language, positive tone of voice and language all really help.

Understand the cause

Often children who demonstrate unacceptable behaviour do so due to an aspect of their environment. They could be stressed or anxious, unhappy, even bored. Always consider WHY they are behaving a certain way. This is the best method to help support the child through this behaviour and showing them an alternative way of behaving which has a positive impact. Often very young children might behave a certain way due to ‘boundary testing’ whilst they try to understand what is acceptable. This is where consistency and support works well. Always bear in mind there could be other potential causes to behaviour including potential food intolerances than can impact children as well as allergies.

Use language and give the children choices

Talking and explaining to the children is by far the most effective method for getting through to them. Offer choices instead of instruction, explain why something is unacceptable, reward positive choices and encourage them to make the right decisions.

What can’t you do?

The Children Act 1989, Children Act 2004, Every Child Matters, the Child Care Act 2006, the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the UN Convention for the Rights of Children prohibit the following:

·        Smacking and hitting

·        The use of any type of physical force

·        The threat of physical force as a deterrent

·        Shouting at a child

·        Bullying children as a form of discipline

·        Humiliating children as a form of discipline

·        Direct and hurtful criticism

·        Unnecessary criticism

·        Insulting a child

·        Cruelty to children

·        Withholding food/milk/drinks or forcing children to ingest anything they don’t want to.

·        Leaving a child to cry themselves to sleep

We know this can be a difficult subject to tackle but an important one to get right. If you need any help or support in this matter please call 02476 714873 or email enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

Health & Safety at work – Is your display screen set up properly?

Do you or your staff have a monitor they use regularly in your workplace? Did you know incorrect use can lead to lots of ongoing, long term health problems?

The most common ailment is RSI (repetitive strain injury) which is, essentially, pain pain in nerves and muscles caused by repetitive movement. In addition workers often complain about headaches, eye strain, back pain, stress, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and more! All of these things can have long term impact on your staff including time off work, stress and mental health problems.

There are a number of rules and regulations put in place by HSE in regards to display screen equipment. Are you aware of them all?

A full risk assessment MUST take place for each employee using a workstation taking into consideration the following:

  • That suitable chairs are provided. Chairs must be adjustable height and the employee must be able to sit with their knees level with their hips and their feet flat on the floor. Sometimes a footrest may be needed for this.
  • The screen should be directly in front of the operator. A good guide is to place the screen about an arm’s length away, with the top of the screen roughly at eye level.
  • The keyboard should be directly in front of the user when typing, with a gap of about four to six inches (100mm-150mm) at the front of the desk so that it is possible to rest the wrists between bouts of typing.
  •  Regular screen breaks also help to combat work related stress
  • Free eye examinations for those identified as DSE users (ie. those using the equipment as a major part of their work, consistently for more than an hour every day) must be provided on request.
  • The screen should be as glare-free as possible.

Full details can be found on the HSE website.

Head Injuries – When is a bump something to worry about?

Children are generally accident prone individuals. They trip, they fall, they wobble and they frequently bang heads. But when is the bump on their head from their latest trip something to worry about? The majority of head injuries are, of course, not serious. They can be sore for the child but usually it’s just a lump or some bruising.

It is important, however, to understand the difference between and a bump and something more serious. Severe head injuries can result in more serious conditions including damage to the brain.

So how we do know when something is more serious?

Keep a close eye on the child after the incident and if they start with any of the below symptoms ensure you contact emergency services:

·        If they are crying continuously

·        If they complain of any pain in their head or neck

·        If they lose consciousness…even for just a moment

·        If they are sick

·        If they seem disorientated and walking unusually

If the child seems fine you must still keep a close eye on them for 48 hours and do the following:

·        Always use a cold compress on the injury for a minimum of 10 minutes.

·        Keep an eye on them whilst sleeping and check they’re rousable

·        If the child can’t be roused at any point call 999 immediately

Childhood Illnesses – When to call a doctor

During the early years of a childs life children will pick up LOTS of different bugs. Colds, snuffles, high temperatures, sickness bugs, chicken pox and more.

They also have to go through childhood rites of passage like teething, various immunisations, nappy rashes etc. Add in ear infections, coughs, viral infections (which often come with their own rashes) and it can be quite a miserable time for the little people in your life.

But when should you be worried? When do you need to pick up the phone to your doctor, or take a trip to the walk-in centre? And when is calpol and cuddles enough?

It is important to understand the difference between a cough and cold and serious high temperature. There are simple things you can do to manage your child’s illness.

  1. Make sure you keep watch on your child for any changes. Children can go downhill quite quickly so it’s important to stay with them and keep an eye on them.
  2. If they have a temperature try to keep them cool and hydrated and ensure their temperature doesn’t go too high. You can administer liquid suspension paracetamol and ibuprofen alternately (ALWAYS check dosage instructions) to keep temperatures down.
  3. Try and keep them hydrated (especially if they have a stomach bug) with water.
  4. Keep an eye out for any rashes and changes in childs cry or behaviour.

So, when should you ask for help?

  1. If a temperature goes too high and you are struggling to keep it down. Equally if your child is unusually cold
  2. If a child is overly lethargic or becoming unresponsive.
  3. If the child is dehydrated (not going to the toilet, no wet nappies etc)
  4. If the child has a rash, mottled skin and especially if the rash does not go away when you roll a glass over it.
  5. If the child is struggling to breathe.

If any of the above happens you should contact 999 immediately.

If you are simply unsure at any point you can also call your GP or 111 for advice. NEVER think you are wasting a doctors time. They will always take the time to see and treat a small child and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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