Mini First Aid South East London & Dartford

Multi award winning first aid classes for all the family.

Operating as usual

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful women I have met over the years whilst training them in First Aid. From those with bumps, to newer mums, more experienced mums, mums that have given the gift of love to those they have welcomed to make a family through fostering or adoption, and to those who have been longing to be a mother ❤️‍🩹

To the special aunties and godmothers, the Grandmas / Nanny’s/Grannies/Glamma’s!!

We want to wish you a warm glow today to know you are loved and cherished by those surrounding you.

For some today may be filled with a heavy heart, for others full of joy.
However you feel today, take care of yourself and enjoy those you have to love around you.

With 💚 Lell x

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We don't only do first aid classes for parents at Mini First Aid, we offer a full range of first aid training including courses for those of you who need a first aid qualification for your job.

We're looking at you teachers, childminders, nursery workers, health & safety workers, nannies, personal trainers, firefighters, flight attendants....everyone who needs certification!

We offer in-person and blended learning options for full flexibility and we are FAIB accredited.

Like our parent first aid classes, our qualification courses are practical and hands-on as we know this is the best way to learn and remember what you have been taught.

If your certification is coming up for renewal, or you need to get started with a qualification, drop us a message or check our website for info on courses in your area.

https://www.minifirstaid.co.uk/classes/qualification-courses

Or email [email protected] to arrange training at your workplace for your teams / employees.

Impetigo - the most common children's skin infection 25/01/2024

Here is a post about the dreaded impetigo, which is a really common childhood skin irritation. Unfortunately it’s contagious. So read our tips on how to manage the infection and minimise passing it on to others 💚

Impetigo - the most common children's skin infection If your child has ever had a crusty skin condition that looks a bit like cornflakes (grim, we know!), they’ve probably had a brush with...

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Measles is a highly contagious disease spread by coughs and sneezes, and it’s sadly on the rise in the UK with more than 200 confirmed cases in the West Midlands in recent months, mostly in Birmingham.

Having the MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent measles but NHS figures show that in 2022-23, the number of children receiving two MMR doses by the time they were five years old, was at the lowest level since 2010-11.

Swipe through to find out a bit more about measles and speak to your GP if you are unsure if your child is vaccinated or if you have MMR vaccine concerns 💚

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Our tonsils play a key role in our immune system. They help filter out germs that enter through your nose or mouth to protect the rest of your body from infection.

Tonsillitis can be brought on by bacteria or viruses. When a virus affects the tonsils and causes inflammation, it can make your child feel pretty grotty.

It’s important to know whether your child’s sore throat is caused by a virus or bacteria as this can determine the treatment path, so please see your GP if you are worried.

You can read more about tonsillitis on our blog this week:

https://www.minifirstaid.co.uk/blog/tonsillitis

09/01/2024

Our first two public classes are fully booked for 2024 (Thank You!)

Here are the upcoming classes available for January and February.

Would you feel confident to be able to help your little ones if needed, and administer first aid? ⛑

As your local Mini First Aid South East London & Dartford trainer and mum myself, I know all too well that accidents happen!

Come along to one of our 2 hour baby and child First Aid classes and leave feeling confident you would know how to perform CPR, deal with your little one choking or unresponsive, and learn up to date first aid treatment for burns, bleeds, breaks, head bumps, febrile convulsions and meningitis. All for Just £25pp

Who is our award winning 2 hour baby & child first aid class for?

🤱New parents
👪Not so new parents
🤰Expectant parents
🧑‍🦳Grandparents
👱‍♀️Babysitters
🧑‍🦰Anyone who wants to learn what to do in an emergency with a little one.

Hope to see you in 2024 💚 Lell

https://selondon.minifirstaid.co.uk/classes/classes-for-parents-carers

01/01/2024

A thank you for 2023. Here’s to the New Year and what opportunities may arise in 2024!

I’ve switched off my social media over Christmas and New Year to be more present for my young children and it’s been great and well needed.

But I am back at work this week. Having some time off has been wonderful and helped clear some of the brain fog that the end of a busy year brings.

Thank you to everyone that has been a part of the 2023 journey. Here’s to a prosperous year ahead for us all, with lots of growth, success and great memories along the way.

Lell 💚 x

25/12/2023

I would like to wish you a very happy Christmas from my family to yours.

May your festive celebrations be blessed with love and warm company. It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree, but the people we have around it 💚

Have a truly special time and remember to be in those special moments.

Merry Christmas all, Lell x

23/12/2023

Read up on our recent post on Colds vs Flu 🤧 💚

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It seems to have reared its ugly heat in our nursery setting, so a great opportunity to talk about Conjunctivitis 👁️

Conjunctivitis is common in children under 5 years old. It’s usually caused by infection or allergies and it can be contagious so it can easily spread around nurseries and school settings.

Swipe through the slides to take a look at some of the more common symptoms and advice on how to treat conjunctivitis.

Most instances of conjunctivitis will clear up without the need for medicine within a few weeks, but please see your GP if symptoms persist. If it’s a bacterial infection, you might be prescribed antibiotics. But these will not work if it’s caused by a virus (viral conjunctivitis) or an allergy.

Is this something your little one has had or is suffering with at the moment?

* All information sourced from NHS and Healthier Together

14/12/2023

Some opportunities to meet up the Big Man Santa 🎅🏼
Abbey Wood and Thamesmead Children's Centres

Father Christmas will be visiting us on the following dates. Just pop in and say hello.
😊💚🎄🎅🏽

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5 people die with sepsis every hour in the UK. It primarily affects very young children and older adults. It takes the lives of more people than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined.

Early diagnosis is essential to being able to effectively treat sepsis so if you have any concerns about your child, always ask your doctor or at A&E: could it be sepsis?

Symptoms are similar to other conditions so it isn’t always easy to spot or diagnose - familiarise yourself with the list of symptoms, trust your instincts and keep asking the question.

You can find out lots more about sepsis on this week’s episode of The Family Health Podcast which is a heartbreaking chat with Melissa Mead whose baby son William died from sepsis just after his first birthday. This conversation will really help you picture the symptoms and know what to do if you find yourself in this situation.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/2184565/13928679

Strep A - a simple guide 10/12/2023

Strep A

This time last year the UK was experiencing unusually high rates of Strep A, and with children dying from the infection, it was a really frightening time. Whilst there is nothing to suggest Strep A is any more prominent than usual this year, at Mini First Aid we think it is always best to be aware of any signs and symptoms of nasty illnesses. We thought this blog would be a useful reminder of what to look our for, and once again we are sharing a real life story of one mum's expereince with Strep A.

Strep A - a simple guide This time last year the UK was experiencing unusually high rates of Strep A, and with children dying from the infection, it was a really fri...

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With temperatures dropping in the UK recently and scenes of people stuck in cars in Cumbria this weekend, here is some info about hypothermia including some guidance on what NOT to do which might surprise you!

If you have to travel by car this winter season, think about what you would do if the worst happened and you broke down or were stuck in bad weather. What emergency supplies could you have in your car to keep you and your family safe?

We don't travel anywhere without our Family First Aid Kit in the car, which contains two foil blankets which can be used to retain heat. We hope you will never have to use them, but if you are stuck on the side of a motorway you will be very grateful they are there 💚

https://minifirstaidshop.co.uk/collections/first-aid-kits/products/large-family-first-aid-kit

Stay safe and why not share your recommendations for emergency car supplies in the comments to help other families 👇

21/11/2023

Don’t forget the clocks ticking to get those letters over to Santa 🎅🏼

10/11/2023

At the end of October, our family and friends came together for a sponsored Race Night for a charity that’s close to our hearts, the Childrens Burns Trust

We arranged a virtual horse racing night and what a success it was. My husband (said ‘Jocky’ in the photo) called in the help of his friends at the Masonic Centre Welling (8046) who helped put together this evening of family fun.

We were thrilled to have raised a total of £1314 for the charity, as well as managing to give out some profitable wins on the races and bingo.

Such amazing feedback from attendees, as well as having the chance to spread the word of this incredible charity and the fact that they receive no government funding at all! So the support is crucial for the families that have been helped by this small, but mighty charity.

The fundraising goes towards helping to provide counselling, weekends away and continued support through the trauma, recovery and thereafter, to both the burn survivor and their nearest and dearest.

We will continue to fundraise and raise awareness throughout the coming year 💙🧡

Please follow and donate if you can 💚

With thanks and love, Lell, Steve and family from

Photos from Children's Burns Trust's post 10/11/2023

We fully support this amazing charity and the work they do to help burn survivors.
They receive NO government funding. Supporting the smaller, lesser known charities means so much and makes a huge difference.

We had a fantastic night 💚💙🧡

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Where do we start with what is wrong with the image in this post?!

Just having the right car seat and fitting this correctly in your car is not where car seat safety stops. It’s vital that your child is strapped properly in the seat to ensure safety.

Winter is approaching and we know how easy and time-saving it is to simply pop your child into their car seat while tucked up snugly in their winter coat or snowsuit but this can greatly affect the effectiveness of your child’s harness.

Please take a few minutes to read the information here. And please share with all your parent friends 💚

Sources: and Childcareseats.org.co.uk

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ALARMING LOLLIPOPS & SCARY SWEETIES

These colourful treats are very appealing to our children and although they may seem harmless, they are actually a serious choking hazard! ⚠️

The hard, round sweet can come off the stick and block a child’s airway. This happens silently and if you’re not watching you might not even notice.

When you’re stocking up on treats this Halloween, please remember that it's not just lollipops that can be dangerous for little ones. Other hard candy, marshmallows and mini eggs in particular can pose a serious choking risk. So please pick another treat and scare safely this Halloween!

If you are concerned you would not know what to do in a choking incident, sign up to one of our Mini First Aid classes today!

www.selondon.minifirstaid.co.uk

24/10/2023

WITH A BIT OF MOISTURE, THESE THINGS CAN BURST IN LESS THAN 10 SECONDS! ⚠️

If you suspect your child has swallowed a poison they may experience:
• Nausea & vomiting
• Pain or a burning sensation
• Cramping stomach pains
• Seizures
• A reduced level of response

Ask the child to spit out anything that is in their mouth & carefully remove contaminated clothing (cut off rather than pull over head.)

Call 999/112 for emergency help and give as much information as possible about the poison. Try and establish what your baby or child has taken, when they took it and how much they took.

Give sips of cold water to soothe any burnt lips.

DO NOT try to make them vomit - when a corrosive substance has been swallowed, it can result in further chemical burns as the poison moves back up from the stomach. It can also cause further damage to the throat and could block their airway. If your child is sick however, keep a sample of the vomit for hospital analysis.

If your child becomes unconscious - open the AIRWAY and check for BREATHING. Be prepared to give CPR. If your child IS breathing, place them into the recovery position until help arrives.



www.selondon.minifirstaid.co.uk

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Personal post just to wish my amazing hubby a very happy 7th wedding anniversary today.

Steve, you’ve always been my biggest cheerleader and supporter, even in some of the more daft decisions and hobbies I’ve embarked on.

13yrs together making memories that will last a lifetime and our 2 beautiful little boys that moved us from a couple to a family 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦

I love you Mr H. Here’s to many more years of love and laughter # # #

16/10/2023

Fraser and I met up for a coffee with Jo from today as we are borrowing some banners for a horse racing night my hubby and I are arranging in support of this fantastic charity.

Jo manages Childrens Burns Trust which is a small charity that does hugely important work in supporting burn survivors and their families whilst in recovery and beyond to offer amazing help, care and a community 🧡💙

It is a real honour to be able to help raise awareness (and hopefully LOTS of money) to such a worthwhile cause which is close to our hearts.

30 children a day are seen in hospitals across the UK from hot water injuries. Please be careful and think before putting that cup of tea or coffee down within reach of a child (of any age!)

13/10/2023

Feel like you just don't have time to sort out taking a first aid class now that you are pregnant or a new mum*?

Booking a class with Mini First Aid is super easy! With just a few clicks, you can see what classes are available in your town or local area and book yourself in. That's it!

Don't put it off any longer; learning how to deal with a choking incident or a burn, or what to do if your baby or child bumps their head or has a seizure is one of the most important things you can do for your family.

Step 1: Head to https://www.minifirstaid.co.uk/classes
Step 2: Pop your postcode into the search bar to find your local area
Step 3: Choose which type of class you are looking for
Step 4: Scroll through all the available classes in your town or district to find one that works for you and book!

Do it today, you'll never regret making the time to learn first aid.

*Pre-crawling babies are welcome at our classes 💚

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We are just a few weeks into the new school year and we suspect many of your children will already have picked up a cold - are we right?

Colds are caused by viruses such as rhinovirus and they spread easily through the air by germs from coughs and sneezes, or indirectly through contact with objects that germs have landed on, followed by transfer to the mouth or nose - which is why colds spread easily in childcare settings as children explore and touch everything!

Colds usually clear up within a few weeks. Symptoms can appear quite similar to flu with a few key differences.

🤒 A cold will appear gradually whereas flu can come on quickly.
🤒 A cold affects mainly the nose and throat whereas flu can affect more than just the nose and throat.
🤒 A cold makes your child feel unwell but okay enough to go to school, whereas the flu makes a person too unwell to carry on as normal.

It's fine to send your child to school or nursery with a common cold if they are otherwise well and do not have a high temperature. But if they have a temp, diarrhoea and/or vomiting, they should stay home for at least 48 hours after the last episode.

Who is struggling with a poorly child with a cold right now?

02/10/2023

COMPETITION TIME🥳

Mini First Aid SE London & Dartford have an amazing FREE offer for primary schools 🚸

We are offering 5️⃣ primary schools the chance to have Mini First Aid along to host an assembly for FREE!

It will be a 20 minute session called
"Are you choking?".

This session has numerous key benefits for the children:
• will promote the basic principles of safe eating
• enable children to recognise when someone is choking
• will allow children to observe the lifesaving choking manoeuvres

T&Cs
This offer is available for the first 5 schools that respond by email to [email protected]

Please respond by the 13/10/23.

The demo offer will need to be taken by the end of November 2023.

If you would like to claim this offer the primary school will need to email [email protected] with their interest!

Good luck everyone!! 😄💚

‼️

01/10/2023

I had so much fun, meeting up with the girlies today. They all had a refresher in First Aid with our 2hr awareness class.

It’s important that all children’s providers and class hosts know basic first aid, should an accident or emergency ever occur.

If you go to any of the Diddi Dance classes in South East London, you are in safe hands 💙

Thank you for organising. It was a pleasure meeting up with and

Looking forward to seeing your TicTok CPR 💚

If you’re thinking of arranging a team first aid refresher, contact me on [email protected]

24/09/2023

Did you know that yesterday was the first official day of Autumn! 🍁🍂🍃

The change in seasons brings colder weather, less daylight and the trees shedding their leaves and changing all sorts of beautiful colours. It’s our favourite time of year!

It's also the time of year that our classes get very busy, and if you want to stay in the warm, then we can bring our two hour private baby and child first aid classes to you at home. 🏠

Yes, you can learn first aid in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by family and friends. Get in touch for more details:

📧 [email protected]

07/09/2023

Just a refresher as we are experiencing hot weather for the next few days the difference between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.

To help prevent either condition, try and follow the tips below:

💧 Keep an eye on the very young and elderly that they are drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day.

☀️ Stay out of direct sunshine between 11am and 3pm, when it’s at its peak.

🧢 Wear hats whilst out in the sunshine.

🐶 🐱 Pets should also avoid being exposed to the sun / heat. Walk your dogs early or in the evening when it’s cooler.

🧴 And always use sunscreen on the whole family!

☀️

04/09/2023

Tots Play is such a fun learning environment for babies and preschoolers. It’s a great way to meet other parents too, or go together with your antenatal friends.

⭐️ Meet the Team ⭐️

Hi, I'm Beth and I’ve been part of the Tots Play Team for 2 years! 🐵

I'm a mum to 2 beautiful girls who are 10 and 3 years old and have worked within childcare since I was 17! I knew I wanted a new challenge after having my youngest daughter in the crazy year of 2020.

I joined Tots Play classes with my youngest in September 2020 and we loved them. I have made life long mummy friends as well as learning many different activities to complete at home!

With my history in childcare and thurst for a new challenge I knew joining the Tots Play Bexley Team was the right decision for me and my family. Giving me more time to watch my girls grow while also supporting your little ones to do the same.

I've loved meeting lots of you over the last 2 years and looking forward to meeting lots more new families at classes in September.

I’ll be leading the Bexley Village classes on a Wednesday at St John’s and on Thursday at St Andrews, in Bexleyheath.

See you soon
Beth 🐵 x

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