The best way to manage your childcare training

John Sherman

First aid training is important for anyone, but it’s especially critical for people working in the childcare industry. Frequent training is necessary to ensure childcare workers are trained in the most effective and current skills while also keeping already learned skills at the forefront of their minds.


The ability of a childcare worker to respond effectively in an emergency situation is critical because children are at such a risk for unintentional injuries, such as burns, poisoning, falls, etc. Research has shown that most injuries to children result from the following causes:

  • Being struck by an object
  • Falls
  • Overexertion
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Insect stings or animal bites

First aid training provides childcare workers with the critical skills they need to respond effectively in such situations. These skills range from basic first aid steps to how to perform life-saving techniques, such as CPR. Obtaining first aid training is important because an individual’s natural first response might not be the best otherwise.

Online learning using a Learning Management System offers a flexible and easy way for childcare workers to obtain necessary training and qualifications. A Learning Management System, or LMS, is a software portal that makes it possible for learners to engage with course content offered by a variety of providers. Learners are provided with training through a variety of coursework, tutoring, quizzes, and assessments. Everything is conducted through the LMS.

Through the use of an online tool, it’s possible to consolidate all learning materials and related communication in a single location. For instance, the LMS allows for the recording of all training and qualifications. This reduces the need for third-party video hosting and emailed correspondence. In many ways, the LMS acts as a one-stop shop for necessary first aid training for childcare workers.

Setting up a learning management system

With a cloud-based system, getting started is easy. All that is required are registering an account and then populating the associated profile with relevant courses. The process is fast and easy. Employees can take required courses when it is most convenient for them without the need to travel.

First aid courses for childcare workers

The types of courses offered online in an e-learning format for childcare workers run the gamut. Most courses are short, which means employees can obtain the training they need without taking up a lot of valuable time.

Basic first aid

In a childcare setting, accidents can occur at any time. Regardless of the number of precautions taken, there is always the risk for an accident taking place. When an accident does occur, it’s imperative that workers be prepared. That preparation could mean the difference between life and death for a child. This four-part course is designed to teach childcare workers what to do in an emergency, including how they should initially respond, and basic first aid guidelines. Modules in this course include:

Initial response to an accident scene

This module teaches the proper procedure for responding to an accident scene. This includes best practices for protecting oneself from bodily fluids and blood, how to perform hands-only CPR, and how to aid both a conscious and unconscious victim.

Bleeding, shock, burns, and scalds

This module discusses the proper techniques for providing first aid for shock, burns, scalds, and bleeding injuries. A discussion regarding the different types of bleeding injuries is offered, including how to treat each type of injury. This module also covers the symptoms of shock and how to provide aid to a victim suffering from shock. The proper steps for treating burns and scalds are also given.

Electric shock, head injuries, spinal injuries, and fractures

This module discusses the proper first aid measures for treating head and spinal injuries, electric shock injuries, and fractures. This part of the course also provides information on how to make and apply simple splints for fractures, what to do if you suspect a child has suffered from one of these types of injuries, and the symptoms of spinal and head injuries.

Poisoning, environmental hazards, and other medical emergencies

When children play outdoors, they are at risk for a variety of injuries, including extreme temperatures, drowning, insect stings, and snakebites. This module discusses the proper methods for rendering first aid to a child experiencing an emergency situation, such as hypothermia, hyperthermia, snakebite, and insect stings. Additionally, this module provides information regarding poisoning and other emergency situations, such as anaphylaxis, asthma attacks, and seizures.

Allergies and anaphylaxis

This course focuses specifically on allergies and anaphylaxis, both of which present serious risks for children. In this module, information is presented on the types of allergies; allergy signs, symptoms, and management; and signs, symptoms, and management of anaphylaxis.

First aid asthma

This course provides critical information on asthma, including the triggers of asthma; preventers and relievers; and signs, symptoms, and management of asthma.

First aid seizures and stroke

This module provides critical information on first aid for seizures and strokes, including triggers of seizures; signs and symptoms of minor seizures; phases of major seizures; seizure management; and signs, symptoms, and management of stroke.

First aid trauma injury

This course covers information on best practices for treating trauma injuries, such as the types of head injuries; spinal, crush, and abdominal injuries; eye and ear injuries; and signs, symptoms, and management of such injuries.

First aid poisons

This course provides information on first aid for poisoning emergencies, including poisoning management; needle stick injury management; types of bites and stings; and signs, symptoms, and management of bites and stings.

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