If you or your staff are currently booked into first aid courses, we urge you to continue with those plans as much as possible. Many first aid providers are continuing to provide courses, and some are offering courses on-line.
However, we acknowledge that some courses are being cancelled and staff may not be able to attend due to COVID-19 illnesses.
On Thursday 10 March, the Secretary for Education exercised her power under Regulation 39A(3)(g) to allow a first aid certificate that expired on or after 10 March to be considered current/valid for the purposes of first aid requirements in the licensing criteria until Friday 10 June.
This is in recognition of the difficulty in accessing first aid refresher training course requirements of HS25 for centre-based services and ngā kōhanga reo, and HS22 for home-based services.
Service providers do not need to contact the Ministry for approval to access this exemption, however they must attest in writing to the current first aid knowledge of these staff and retain this documentation.
Playcentres do not need to contact the Ministry for approval to access this exemption, however they must attest in writing to the current first aid knowledge of these members, retain this documentation and send it to your Regional Funding Administrators (document below).
This can be done by asking the member a few questions – the question bank template is below or you could use this website to find questions and appropriate answers: https://www.stjohn.org.nz/first-aid/first-aid-library/. Ideally someone with current first aid to ask the questions or ask CA for support. You are looking for them to answer competently and confidently.
If you have any queries, please contact your Regional Office.