As a mother keeping my children safe and well is my top priority and having the skills to help them if they are ill or injured is crucial for all parents and carers of children. Therefore, I was very glad when I was invited by Mini First Aid to refresh my first aid skills in one of their local 2 hours classes which they run regularly for parents, grandparents and carers.
I live in the West Midlands and I attended the launch class of Mini First Aid Birmingham West which happens to be run by Lorraine, one of my friends from my NCT Coffee Group and a childminder who used to look after Thomas for me. She runs Mini First Aid Birmingham West with her friend Anna and between them they have 5 children of their own. As it was their first ever class, the session was actually taken by Zoe who runs Mini First Aid Bristol.
At the start of the session, we were warmly greeted by Lorraine, Anna and Zoe and offered drinks and these rather gorgeous cakes. There was a variety of people attending the class including grandparents, new parents with their baby and parents like me who had first aid knowledge but needed a bit of a refresher. The class started with CPR training which included lots of practice on baby and child manikins and then went onto discuss choking, dealing with burns, breaks, bleeding and bumps, febrile seizures & meningitis awareness. There was a seriousness to everything that was discussed, as there should be but it was all done in a relaxed and informal way with Zoe adding in her real life experiences to make us all feel at ease.
Classes cost £20 per person which I think is a bargain and if there is not a class near you, why not get together a group of friends (6 or more) and come and let them do a class in your own home. Mini First Aid also run special classes for young children and they have a book called ‘The Mini Adventures of Freddie‘ which was written by Katie Bell, the founder of Mini First Aid to teach children what to do if they encounter first aid situations. I have been reading ours to Thomas and Daniel and they love it. Daniel is a bit young to understand it fully but Thomas understands it and now knows what to do. I am planning on booking Thomas on one of the children’s first aid classes as I do worry what would happen if something happened to me when I am alone with the children. I would like him to have the knowledge to help someone in need.
I filmed part of the class as part of my second weekend vlog and you can watch it below:
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I was invited to attend the class as a guest of Mini First Aid and given a copy of the book. All opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review