Paediatric First Aid Classes for Parents & Carers – Why Choose Daisy First Aid?

Posted on 29 July 2016
Paediatric First Aid Classes for Parents & Carers – Why Choose Daisy First Aid?

Working WITH people and supporting others is something we at Kids Deserve the Best like to do. Through recent years we have met, worked with, supported and advised so many lovely people. Long may this continue….. Today we are pleased to share with you another lovely person we have met recently and we hope to be able to encourage a long and happy working relationship.

Introducing Jill Santonastaso who owns Daisy First Aid Newcastle and South Northumberland. Jill is a qualified first aid instructor and we hope that Jill will be able to help our nannies with Paediatric First Aid Training as well as providing parents and grandparents with those essential lifesaving first aid skills for babies and small children in their care.

Parents who look for someone to provide care for their children always ask us if their chosen Nanny or childcare worker has done first aid training, yet how many parents know how to remain calm and respond quickly in the event of an accident or emergency situation?

It is always interesting to discover how people get started in their business and what makes them different to other people in their line of work. Jill has kindly shared her words of wisdom, and her reasons why First Aid skills are such an important skill to have.  Thank you Jill.

Paediatric First Aid Classes for Parents & Carers – Why Choose Daisy First Aid?

‘With great power comes great responsibility!’ – Benjamin ‘Uncle Ben’ Parker.

Becoming parents is undoubtedly one of the greatest responsibilities in life! From the moment we begin to prepare for our little one’s journey into our family the scale of this huge responsibility begins to dawn on us. We know it will be hard work at times, but we know it will be worth it. We know it is going to be a challenge, but we are willing to accept that challenge! We want to be the best parents we can be and we want the best for our children! We are their decision makers, their voices, their protectors. We are their superheroes!

My daughter Olive was born in 2011 and that instant responsibility of a newborn baby was, at times, overwhelming. Google searches for tips and advice between nappies and feedings was standard, often at 4am. I read up on every stage of her development and booked onto any baby sensory, massage, music and yoga course I could. I found myself ordering every possible teething remedy I could find during desperate online shopping sprees and took her to be weighed every week without fail. I strived to educate myself on every aspect of my new role and responsibility as ‘mama’. One thing I didn't do however, was a baby first aid class. Not because I was ignorantly unaware of its importance, quite the opposite in fact. I was on maternity leave from my role as a call handler for the North East Ambulance Service where providing emergency first aid instruction was part of everyday life and I  took this knowledge for granted knowing that if I was to ever encounter an emergency situation with my baby, I'd know exactly how respond.

Returning to work was different after having Olive. I still loved my job and the opportunity to help others but I found it increasingly difficult to switch off after a twelve hour shift. My new perspective as a mother had made responding to calls regarding babies and children even more distressing. Though remaining composed and professional throughout, inside, my heart would be breaking, just wishing I could do more, wishing I could be there in person, showing these desperate parents what to do, but instead I was restricted to the end of the phone.  I lived through many parents’ worst nightmares, I filled in the gap between the panic of calling 999 and the paramedic crew arriving with their equipment and expertise. I know first hand, the accidents and medical emergencies we can encounter with our little ones and I also know that people can struggle to follow important, life saving instructions during moments of extreme stress and panic especially when it involves members of their family.

While pregnant with my youngest, I made the decision to retrain as a first aid instructor, specialising in paediatrics. Although I am qualified to teach many levels of first aid, the parent and carer classes are where my heart lies. I'm now one of those annoying people who genuinely loves their job, except teaching first aid is not a job for me, it's my passion!  It perfectly encompasses every aspect of my personality, character and life experience both professionally and as a parent. Knowing first aid won't stop accidents and illnesses occurring but it will give you the skills and reassurance to react effectively to any medical emergency you may experience.
I no longer take my first aid knowledge for granted, it is a privilege I am grateful for. But it shouldn't be a privilege, it should be the norm. It should be the norm for every parent, grandparent and child carer of every description to have the knowledge and confidence to recognise and effectively respond to any accident or illness they may encounter with their little ones. And on that note, enter, Daisy First Aid – Award Winning Paediatric First Aid Classes for Parents and Carers.

Daisy First Aid Classes for Parents and Carers are becoming hugely popular amongst the expectant parent community and working in partnership with local baby and toddler groups as well as big names including Mothercare and selected NCT groups. And for good reason!

The 2 hour class can be held in your own home or venue at a time that suits you, daytime, evening or weekends and covers responding to a medical emergency, CPR, recovery positions, head injuries, febrile seizures, choking, allergic reactions, meningitis, fractures, poisons, burns and bleeding. If you'd rather, you can join us at one of our regular venue classes.

Daisy First Aid pride ourselves on being passionate, experienced and approachable. Our classes aim to eliminate the fear factor surrounding sensitive subjects like choking and meningitis and instead, leave parents feeling confident, reassured and empowered. There's no jargon or horror stories, that's not our style. Our classes are relaxed, informative and memorable with chances to practise your new skills and ask any questions!

Daisy First Aid classes are not like other first aid classes and that's clear from our five star customer reviews, if you'd like to find out for yourself what makes us so special you can follow Daisy First Aid Newcastle & South Northumberland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Or drop me a message to [email protected]

Thank you for reading!

Jill Santonastaso
Owner, Manager and Paediatric First Aid Instructor
Daisy First Aid Newcastle & South Northumberland

Daisy First Aid Ltd are a registered provider who ensure all their trainers have up to date information, are quality assured and fully insured. You can be confident the information and guidance given to course participants is accurate and relevant. The trainers and course content have gone through our Qualsafe approved Daisy First Aid Training Centre and approval process to ensure standards and classes fully comply with the high standard set by Resuscitation Council UK, HSE and leading first aid societies St John’s Ambulance, Red Cross and St Andrews First Aid

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Sarah Parkin runs Kids Deserve the Best Nanny Agency, providing support to families with their childcare requirements including wedding day childcare, babysitting and emergency childcare. Area of coverage includes the following regions across the North East of England, Gosforth, Great Park, Jesmond, Heaton, Killingworth, Shiremoor, Longbenton, Holystone, Forest Hall, Morpeth, Cramlington, Ashington, Blyth, Ponteland, Kingston Park, Westerhope, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Monkseaton, Wallsend, South Shields, Tynedale, Hexham, Prudhoe, Stocksfield, Corbridge, Consett, Rowlands Gill, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Washington, Sunderland, Durham, Wearside, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland.