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I'm a new manager needing some help please. Basic food hygiene - do you need to have all staff trained if you only provide toast and fruit for snack? or can the manager do the training and then share within the team. Also how many staff need to have Paediatric first aid training?

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Hi There,

In the EYFS framework it says:

3.25. At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. The certificate must be for a full course consistent with the criteria set out in Annex A. Childminders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a full current PFA certificate. PFA training30 must be renewed every three years and be relevant for workers caring for young children and where relevant, babies. Providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a paediatric first aider is able to respond to emergencies quickly. All newly qualified31 entrants to the early years workforce who have completed a level 2 and/or level 3 qualification on or after 30 June 2016, must also have either a full PFA or an emergency PFA certificate within three months of starting work32 in order to be included in the required staff:child ratios at level 2 or level 3 in an early years setting33. Providers should display (or make available to parents) staff PFA certificates or a list of staff who have a current PFA certificate. 


3.48. There must be an area which is adequately equipped to provide healthy meals, snacks and drinks for children as necessary. There must be suitable facilities for the hygienic preparation of food for children, if necessary including suitable sterilisation equipment for babies’ food. Providers must be confident that those responsible for preparing and handling food are competent to do so. In group provision, all staff involved in preparing and handling food must receive training in food hygiene.

Therefore, for first aid, you must have one person who is qualified on the premises at all times, and if some children go out to the park etc, you must have a first aider with them as well as having one left behind at the setting. Because of this and people having holidays/sick days etc most settings like to have as many people trained as possible.

For food hygiene: it doesn't say that you have to have a food hygiene certificate, it just says that staff should have training in food hygiene, which could be interpreted as being given by management, for example at a staff meeting. For me, I have all staff attend a food hygiene course.

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