At the moment, one thing we can be sure of is that things will keep on evolving and changing. Despite any uncertainty, Mini First Aid has always been clear about one thing: It is vital that parents and carers continue to learn first aid. So, we wanted to take you behind the scenes and speak to our Director, Kate Ball about how Mini First Aid has adapted its classes in light of the COVID-19 situation.
Kate – I bet you never expected Mini First Aid to be offering online classes in the middle of the night!
You are completely right! Although COVID-19 and the subsequent UK lockdown meant that our usual ‘in person’ classes had to stop for a while, we focused very quickly on how to offer Mini First Aid classes online. Within a week or two, we had first aid classes via Zoom which you can complete at any time of the day or night!
And are ‘real life’ classes up and running again now?
We are now following Public Health & First Aid Industry Body guidance to make sure our ‘in person’ classes minimise the risk of infection. We have a clear policy which all our trainers understand and follow. We have already had some small Mini First Aid classes under gazebos in parks and gardens as well as in individual homes or gardens.
And have the online classes been popular?
We have had all sorts of first aid classes online, with groups of friends meeting on Zoom, together with their babies. The ‘mute’ button has proved to be really useful so no-one else hears other babies crying. I wish there was one of those for real in my house!
Any online classes which stand out?
We've had individual learners doing an online class in the middle of the night. I can only assume that they are maybe learning whilst feeding their baby! I just love that our classes are so flexible.
What would be your message to parents and carers of babies and young children who are nervous about doing a first aid class at the moment?
We have numerous learning options so it is important you choose the one you feel comfortable with. The essential thing is to learn first aid, whether you do this online or in person. The decision should be HOW to do the class and not IF you should do the class.