September is Baby Safety Month, which is a great reminder to make sure your knowledge is up to scratch should you ever need to save a child's life.
It is easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of choice there is but remember;
Any course is better than no course at all.
The British Red Cross offer a selection of first aid training including both adult and baby first aid. The closest training centres are in Aylesbury, Harrow, Hertford and Milton Keynes with many more options in London. Courses run from 10am till 2:30 with half hour for lunch.
Prices range from £45 - £60 depending on the location.
"Learn first aid for your everyday life
You don't need to have any previous experience; just a willingness to learn and take part in practical exercises (led by our friendly trainers) which build your confidence in dealing with emergency scenarios."
The NCT run slightly shorter courses along side the British Red Cross in different areas. They have both morning and afternoon classes with locations in St Albans, High Wycombe & Maulden and you can take along your children.
Prices are around £30 but you may pay more or less depending on your area (I paid £30 to take the course in St Albans)
"A 2.5-hour course delivered by an expert trainer from The British Red Cross in a relaxed atmosphere. Specifically tailored to cover baby and children first aid, including choking, unconscious baby, meningitis, and all the basics. There is plenty of opportunity to ask questions and share experiences with the main aim of giving you practical knowledge, skills, and confidence."
To learn first aid with St John Ambulance you have to unfortunately travel into London to Marylebone. Children over 12 are allowed to attend the course which is great for those with children wanting to start baby sitting (children under 16 must attend with an adult)
Courses are 3 hours long and cost £30
"Our baby first aid course teaches simple, life saving skills. First aid topics are taught in line with babies’ developmental stages, helping to reassure parents and prepare them for the first year and beyond."
Daisy First Aid do things a little differently, offering first aid training hosted by you in your home. Gather together 4 or more friends and a trainer comes to you for a 2 hour class.
There are trainers all over Hemel, St. Albans, Harpenden and the surrounding areas so you should have no trouble finding a trainer that would work for you.
Classes cost £25 per person with a minimum of 4 people.
"These fun, friendly family first aid classes are ideal for parents to learn together with friends and family.
Babies under 12 months are welcome. Book directly with your local trainer."
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