Maureen's Blog For Ask Askew

 My blogs aim to provide childcare business owners and managers with relevant business and childcare related information.

I am a Business Consultant specialising in the childcare sector. I am an active member of the Chartered Management Institute, Institute of Consulting, Federation of Small Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce.

I have been a Chartered Manager since 2007 I am also a 4Children Business Champion. I write feature articles for 2 childcare/family magazines, on issues that are of interest to families and childcare providers. I have been involved in childcare for over 35 years.

A life time ago starting with my NNEB training, I then became a registered Childminder, owned and managed pre-schools and full day care, worked as a paid employee and volunteer for the Pre-school Learning Alliance, delivered qualification and short childcare courses in FE colleges across Lancashire and North Yorkshire and worked as part of the early year’s teams at Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton LA for over 15 years. 

I started Ask Askew in 2011, although I mainly work for myself, I do work as an associate for the NDNA, CBIS and EYalliance (previously the Pre-school Learning Alliance). 


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Changes to first aid regulations

All employers are required to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to protect the health and safety of their employees. Aside for the moral or legal requirements, it is good business; the right first aid can help reduce sickness absence by dealing with an illness or injury correctly.
The key piece of legislation is the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 which requires business of all sizes to assess risks and provide appropriate cover for their staff and where appropriate service users. Employers have to provide information about first aid provision to all their employees and for childcare providers, uses of their service. 
Following an independent review of health and safety legislation, Parliament agreed to remove the requirement for HSE to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first aiders; these changes took effect on the 1st October 2013. 
Employers still need to provide equipment and facilities, but when providing first aider training they will be able to use the provider of their choice as long as the provider meets certain standard.

What this means is that under the old scheme HSE approved training providers, under the new scheme, they won’t. So the employer will need to be sure that the training provider is competent to deliver the required standard of training.