We as an organisation have used First Response for a number of years to deliver training to our staff team. We have looked at other services but found First Response stands out from above them all. From the initial booking to the delivery of training we have found First Response to be professional. We have full confidence in them and feel the trainers are of high quality with a vast amount of knowledge, and able to deliver positive training experiences at an affordable price.
Care Service Manager - Disability care Service, Birmingham
Please read on for a range of useful links and to find out where you can access more information and guidance relevant to working in a safe and healthy way or can access statutory guidance and standards for your specific industry.
Skills for Care provides practical advice, tools and support to help organisations, individual employers in the care sector to develop a well-led, highly skilled and valued adult social care workforce.
On their website, Skills for Care provides information about the Care Certificate, the set of 15 standards that all care workers must complete during induction and stick to in their daily working life, the current Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and the new Regulated Qualifications Framework, which will replace the former by January 2018. They also provide useful advice about ongoing learning and development for the adult social care workforce, so that employers understand exactly how their workers can progress and how they should stay up to date and well skilled.
Early Years, Childcare and Schools
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from their birth to the age of 5. The Early Years Foundation Stage profile: 2017 handbook is statutory for the 2016 to 2017 academic year and must be used by local authorities, early years education professionals with responsibility for assessing, reporting or moderating the EYFS profile. It supports practitioners to make accurate judgments about each individual child’s attainment.
The statutory framework for the EYFS also sets out standards for first aid training for all those who work with children. Following a consultation during 2016, it has been revised to state that newly qualified early years staff must have either a full paediatric first aid (PFA) or an emergency PFA certificate before they can be included in the adult: child ratios in an early years setting. You can view the government’s full response to the consultation here.
The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, or Ofsted, inspects and regulates services that care and/or provide education and skills for children and young people. They provide ratings, reports and statistical data sets and highlight outstanding providers as well as those who require improvement or need to be placed in special measures. You can view their annual report for 2015-16 here.