Teaching children basics of first aid

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Brighouse-based Flat Stan First Aid have launched a training programme which teaches children basic first aid using an interactive approach.

The company, which are based at Cromwell House on Elland Road, deliver their workshops through qualified first aid trainers, using specially developed Flat Stan mannequin ansd books.

They are delivered nationally, providing children with essential life skills at schools and after school clubs, sports clubs, community groups and parties.

It is estiamted only seven per cent of the UK population has the skills and confidence to carry-out basic first aid in an emergency.

Despite this, first aid training is not mandatory in the school curriculum, and although both the Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance provide material accessible to schools, it is the responsibility of teachers to communicate the information.

The Flat Stan workshops can be incorporated into key stages 1-3 of the school curriculum, which also makes it attractive for after school clubs and children groups when taught by professional first aid trainers.

Flat Stan workshops teach children essential life skills, using techniques that make it easy for children to absorb and remember, so that they can put it into practise, should an emergency situation ever arise.

The course includes what first aid is and who can deliver it, when and how to get help, how to check if someone is responsive and what to do if they are not breathing and how to deal with a bleeding casualty or someone that has suffered a burn.

Each child receives a Flat Stan First Aid book which has been written by Simon Ferris, who has developed the workshops.