Seven out of 10 parents admit to not knowing how to administer first aid to their child, a recent nationwide survey revealed today.
The study commissioned by childcare search site Find A Babysitter revealed that the majority of parents would not know how to assist an unconscious child, administer CPR or treat burns and scalds.
According to the research, only 28 per cent of parents have ever completed a first aid qualification which is a mandatory requirement for all registered nannies and childminders.
The Annual Childcare Report published by Findababysitter.com also revealed that safety ranked highest after cost when choosing a childcare professional to look after their little ones. By choosing to employ a professional childminder, parents are actually creating a safer environment for their children if the parents do not have any first aid experience themselves.
“Leaving your children with a childcare professional is one of the hardest things a parent has to do, but when you look at it from this angle, it really puts things into perspective – are our kids safer with a nanny or childminder than they are with us? It certainly begs for the reappraisal of childcare professionals and the work that they do,” said Tom Harrow, CEO of Findababysitter.com and father of one.
To help parents, the company offers a range of childcare courses including paediatric first aid, nanny cookery courses and many more.
“The courses promote the importance of childcare professionals and parents knowing how to provide the best and safest environment for the children they care for,” said the brand.