Train Aid has created a brand new home study scheme to be used on their monthly open paediatric first aid courses. The twelve hour courses are usually run over two Saturdays each month at the Selhurst Children’s Centre in South London and the Highgate Road Chapel north of the river. Most of the candidates work full time through the week in childcare roles, and therefore to ease the strain the idea to have one day’s home study was born. This means that candidates only now need to attend the second Saturday, and have as much time as they require too complete the home study work packs.
Work packs are easy to understand, which enable users to research theoretical topics, and then test themselves on them. Puzzles, pictures and multiple choice exams combine to test if a candidate has grasped a particular topic. The packs are then brought along to the practical day of the course where the instructor can make sure everything is in place, and field any questions. Paediatric first aid training coordinator Heather Bennett who designed the pack was on hand to say a little more:
“The concept behind the work packs was to replace the lectures usually held on day one of the training. For example of you take the sample topic of ‘First Aid Kits’, The learner now reads up on the topic instead of having a lecture, and can then test themselves through a puzzle. The material is still learnt in the same way, but there is no need to travel to a training centre”.
The main benefit to the new system is that learners can complete the first day of the course in their own time, and within the comfort of their own home . However this can be extended to anywhere, which means people can fill out their work packs on the commute to work or even on a lunch break. Another benefit is that the second day on the paediatric first aid courses solely focuses on learning hands on practical skills.