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The importance of First Aid training, by King’s College Hospital London

King's College Hospital London

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Nannies and other domestic helpers in the UAE often begin caring for our loved ones without completing proper first aid training.  While everyone could benefit from first aid training, it’s of particular importance that nannies and other caregivers receive proper training in emergency medical care techniques. It’s inevitable: children have accidents.  Whether at home, playing at the park, or in the car, your child is bound to have an accident at one point during their childhood.  First aid training will ensure they are in the best of hands.

What is First Aid Training?

In the event of a medical emergency, first aid is the initial assistance provided to a child or individual while waiting for the medical professionals to arrive. In the worst of cases, first aid can be the difference between life and death.  Before employing a new nanny, you should require proof of a recently completed first aid course.

 What Type of First Aid Class Should I Take?

If you are a nanny or domestic caregiver in the UAE, it would be to your professional advantage to become certified in CPR and other basic first aid medical techniques. Ranging from 4 to 6 hours, entry level first aid classes provide a number of lifesaving medical techniques.

The following categories should be covered in depth in a basic first aid course:

  • Choking
  • Burns
  • Poisoning
  • Drowning or not breathing
  • Bleeding
  • High fever or seizures (fitting)
  • Stings and bites
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Shock
  • Communicable diseases

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a medical technique that could save the life of a child that has stopped breathing or is choking. However, when performed incorrectly, CPR could cause damage. A first aid certificate from a reputable training firm provides concrete proof to parents and potential employers that their child/loved ones are in the best hands in the event of a medical emergency.  Additionally, your nanny or maid should also learn about child safety, establishing a child-proof environment, and identifying potential dangers and hazards.

 First Aid Courses for Domestic Helpers in the UAE

In the event of a medical emergency, requiring your nanny or domestic helper to complete licensed first aid training could prove to be the difference between life and death. For those caregivers who work with or around young children on a regular basis, first aid training is essential.

Are you a parent in the UAE looking to provide first aid training to your nanny or domestic helper? Perhaps you are a nanny looking to boost your professional qualifications? At King’s College Hospital London International Training Centre, we offer a wide range of first aid training classes, geared for all levels of experience. When it comes to the health and safety of our children and loved ones, it’s better to be safe than sorry, make proper first aid safety a priority. You won’t regret it.

Contact King’s College Hospital London International Training Centre, visit

Dr. Ali Al-Tuckmachy. MBBS, MD



02 501 4000

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