Since January this year I have worked as a General Teaching Assistant (SEN), working one to one with a little girl with a global developmental delay. It truly has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
From September, nursery practitioners in England will be required to have a qualification in paediatric first aid. This qualification needs to be renewed every three years. It is actually a qualification that I have held for the past 6 years, although it lapsed in March 2016. Recently the nursery trained many of their staff in paediatric first aid and first aid at work. I was lucky enough to get a place on the course, even though they knew that I was leaving at the end of term.
Admittedly, secondary school teachers are not currently required to hold this qualification. A Bill to make it a requirement was brought to parliament in Winter 2015 but was blocked. It is estimated that 140,000 people in the UK die each year in situations where first aid could have saved them (ref).So whilst it is not a requirement that I hold this qualification, I am glad that I do and hope to continue to renew it in the years ahead.