Regulations 2008 cover1. For every 50 children at least one adult is present who holds at least a current first aid qualification gained from a trainer employed by a registered education organisation granted consent to assess first aid unit standards by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Or the adult may be doctor or nurse with a current practising certificate or a qualified paramedic.

The Ministry of Education recognises any First Aid qualification from courses that cover the outcomes of the core health unit standards (6401 and 6402) and meets the NZQA's requirements in First Aid as a Life Skill – Training Requirements for Quality Provision of Unit Standard-based First Aid Training.


2. Copies are kept of current first aid or medical practising certificates (a refresher course must be undertaken every two years to maintain the certificate as current).


3. The first aid qualified adult administers or supervises administering first aid to an injured child.


4. All practicable steps are taken to get immediate medical assistance for a child who is seriously injured or becomes seriously ill and to notify a parent of what has happened.


5. The Ministry of Education must be notified of a serious injury or illness or incident involving a child while at the service that is required to be notified to a specified agency e.g. the New Zealand Police; the Ministry of Health; Child, Youth and Family; WorkSafe New Zealand; and the Education Council.  Documentation required by the Ministry of Education is a copy of the notification sent to the specified agency.

6. A child’s medical practitioner or medical centre is consulted if practicable.


7. All injuries are recorded to include:

  • Name.
  • Date, time, description of incident.
  • Actions taken and by whom.
  • Evidence that the parents have been notified/informed.


8. The centre must have a First Aid kit that is easily recognised and accessible only to adults and contains: 

  • Disposable gloves.
  • Means of cleansing wounds, e.g. sterile saline solution.
  • Means of holding dressing in place e.g. safety pins, bandage clips, tape.
  • Sterile wound dressings including plasters.
  • Stretchable bandage rolls.
  • Means of immobilising an upper limb injury, e.g. triangular bandage.
  • Scissors.
  • Tweezers.
  • Cold pack.
  • First aid manual.
  • National Poisons centre phone number 0800 Poison or 0800764766.
  • Healthline phone number 0800611116.
  • Category (1) medicines as selected by the centre (These require appropriate written authority from parents).

(Note that the number of items or size of the First Aid kit is not specified in the requirements). 


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