Adults involved in childcare have a duty to respond to illnesses and injuries in an infant or child until professional help arrives. Many wonder how to get pediatric first aid training and how to get CPR training during COVID-19.
In fact, virtually all states have infant/child (pediatric) first aid and CPR certification requirements for childcare providers. The Council for Professional Recognition also requires proof of current certification in pediatric first aid and CPR to obtain or renew a National CDA credential.
Pediatric first aid and CPR courses prepare you to recognize and respond to a variety of emergencies. The CDA Council and many states accept training from the American Red Cross and American Heart Association as well as other training programs with equivalent standards.
Check with your state licensor to make sure you understand your state’s specific pediatric first aid and CPR training requirements. Speak with licensing to learn where you can take the training in your state. Use our state training pages to find your licensor’s contact information.
Due to COVID-19, you may not feel comfortable attending a fully in-person class. Fortunately, many organizations/agencies are now offering blended courses!
Blended CPR Training During COVID-19
Blended courses have both online and in-person components. They combine the flexibility of online training with hands-on training. Unlike fully online courses, the blended format provides full certification. For example, successful completion of the Red Cross’s blended Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course grants two years of certification that meets OSHA and workplace requirements. Reach out to the pediatric first aid/CPR training organization to learn how they are preventing the spread of COVID-19 during the in-person training component.
You may have other options if there are no blended trainings in your area. Typically, fully online training does not meet the CDA requirement or state licensing requirements for first aid and CPR. However, due to the pandemic, The CDA council is temporarily accepting online training for the first aid and infant and child CPR requirement for initial and renewal CDA applications. Check with your state licensing branch to see if they will accept online training during the pandemic.
Make sure to complete a blended or in-person pediatric first aid and CPR trainings become available in your area. With a current and valid certification, you will be prepared to act quickly, calmly, and appropriately in emergency situations!
Looking for COVID-19 resources? Check out our Child Care COVID-19 Resources for Caregivers and Families.
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