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RoSPA and 3fivetwo Training Academy join forces to help meet the needs of Northern Ireland’s childminders


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in Northern Ireland and 3fivetwo Training Academy have teamed up to provide childminders with essential health and safety training to help boost knowledge and skills.    

RoSPA, the UK’s leading accident prevention charity, and 3fivetwo Training Academy, established in 2009 to address growing demand in the UK and Ireland for bespoke health and safety training courses, will run training workshops covering health and safety in the home and child protection, as well as a paediatric first aid course. The aim is to meet the mandatory and regulatory needs of childminders within Northern Ireland and certificates will be presented upon successful completion.

The training is being delivered as part of a three-course package comprising of 18 hours learning and will run over three days at the 3fivetwo Training Suite in Belfast.

RoSPA’s three-hour Health and Safety Workshop on home safety will run on August 17, from 12noon to 5pm, covering carbon monoxide awareness, fire safety, falls, poisoning, burns and scalds, blind cord safety and risk assessment. Also running on the same day, from 9am to 11.30am, will be 3fivetwo Training Academy’s three-hour Safeguarding Children workshop, covering signs and symptoms of abuse, the role childminders play in the protection of children from abuse, how to implement child protection procedures, the legislative framework for safeguarding children, appropriate recording and reporting procedures, and scenario-based exercises.

These workshops will be followed by 3fivetwo Training Academy’s 12-hour Paediatric First Aid Course split over two days into two six-hour sessions on August 31 and September 1, from 9am to 4pm. It is suitable for childminders, teachers and nursery school assistants and is delivered in line with the Early Years Foundation stage statutory framework. The syllabus covers everything from the recovery position to burns and scalds and choking.

Colin Wallace, home safety development officer for RoSPA in Northern Ireland, said: “This high quality training has been specially developed to help meet demand and fulfil childminders’ needs. RoSPA’s association with 3fivetwo Training Academy presents a fantastic opportunity to deliver this vital training throughout Northern Ireland, the aim of which will be to help standardise all the training required, leading to better safety standards in homes and a reduction in the number of accidents that may occur.”

Fiona Kerr, business development manager at 3fivetwo Training Academy, said: “We are very proud to be working alongside RoSPA to offer top quality, comprehensive training for those working with children. Safety is vital whether in the home, crèche, classroom or local park. We believe that this course will ensure that attending childcare professionals feel more confident about meeting regulatory standards, which makes for a safer, happier environment both for them and the children in their care.” 

To register an interest in attending the training and for more information about the courses and prices, contact 3fivetwo Training Academy on 028 9073 5273 or email [email protected].      

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