A nationwide study by the UK’s leading childcare search site, Findababysitter.com has today revealed that a huge 72% of parents across the UK wouldn’t know how to assist an unconscious child, administer CPR or attend to burns and scalds.
The study brought to light the shocking lack of first aid knowledge amongst the UK’s parents, of which only 28% have ever completed a first aid qualification – a mandatory requirement for all registered nannies and childminders.
The issue is worse amongst parents with children aged between 6-9 years, with 80% of parents responding to the survey admitting they wouldn’t have a clue what to do in a medical emergency.
The recently launched Findababysitter Annual Childcare Report showed that parents ranked safety as the second biggest consideration after cost when choosing childcare, however 7 in 10 parents who choose to employ a childcare professional are actually creating a safer environment for their children.
Findababysitter.com offers a range of childcare courses including paediatric first aid, nanny cookery courses, common core skills, knowledge in childcare any many more. The courses promote the importance of childcare professionals and parents knowing how to provide the best, and safest environment for the children they care for.
Tom Harrow, Dad of one, and CEO of Findababysitter shares his thoughts on the findings: “Leaving your children with a childcare professional is one of the hardest things a parent has to do, but when you look at it from this angle, it really puts things into perspective – are our kids safer with a nanny or childminder than they are with us? It certainly begs for the reappraisal of childcare professionals and the work that they do.
“We provide an online platform for parents to find the right childcare solutions for them, but we’re also just as devoted to arming parents with the skills they need when they are with their children, which is what we?ve designed our cost-effective courses to do.”