FAR Update (19.05.20)

The First Aid Responder (FAR) Education and Training Standard established by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is recognised by Tusla as the first aid course for children that meets the regulatory requirement. In an early years setting the number of people required to be trained in first aid for children (FAR) and that are available for first aid response is based on the service’s risk assessments, including the size of the service and the hazards identified. 

Currently where a service provides evidence that a person(s) is trained in First Aid for children and is available to children at all times the regulatory requirement is deemed to have been met by the Tusla Early Years Inspectorate. Prior to the COVID -19 pandemic this was to continue to be acceptable until the 31st May 2020. The regulatory requirement was due to change from the 1st of June 2020. The change required  is that at least one person(s) is to have  had undertaken the FAR (First Aid Response) course delivered by a trainer approved by PHECC to be available to children at all times in a service. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Tusla and Dept of Children and Youth Affairs have agreed to extend the timeframe to meet this regulatory requirement  to the end of February 2021.

In addition,  for those staff that already have FAR certification which has now expired or is due to expire – their certificates will remain valid until courses are up and running again.

02.04.20– For the latest update in relation to FAR Recertification, please follow this link to the PHECC website (https://www.phecit.ie/PHECC/Publications_and_Resources/Newsletters/Newsletter_Items/2020/CFR-A_Recertification.aspx

First Aid Response (FAR)

First Aid Response and First Aid Responder. The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) has established the First Aid Response standard. It offers training to individuals and groups who require a first aid skill set, including ‘cardiac first response’ – that is, providing first aid to someone having a heart attack or other heart-related issue. The PHECC standard is designed to meet first aid and basic life support (BLS) requirements
that a person known as ‘First Aid responder’ may need in emergency circumstances. 

Tusla recognises PHECC’s First Aid Response Education and Training Standard when delivered by a training provider approved by PHECC. It sees it as meetingthe required standard for compliance with the revised regulation in Early Years registered services. All successful course participants are given joint PHECC /Recognised Institution FAR certificates. The certificate expires after two years. Candidates may then re-certify if they wish.

From the 1 June 2020, to meet the regulatory requirement for Regulation 25, there must be at least one person who is FAR certified (First Aid Response) available to the children at all times. The number of people trained in FAR and available for first aid response is based on the service’s risk assessments, including the size of the service and the hazards identified. Where a service provides evidence of a person certified in FAR and being available to the children at all times, the regulatory requirement will be deemed to be met .

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC): 

PHECC is the regulator for emergency medical services (EMS) in Ireland whoserole is to protect the public. PHECC is an independent statutory agency with responsibility for standards, education and training in the field of pre-hospitalemergency care. PHECC also maintain a statutory register of emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners. Further information available at: www.phecit.ie/.

Early Learning and Care Services can now get reimbursed for the cost of full or refresher FAR training. 

You can claim for one person to be trained per service. In order to claim, you must complete the form and submit with the staff member’s training cert and the receipt for the cost of the training. 

The list of training providers attached is not exhaustive, and you are not obliged to use a trainer from our list. You can use the PHECC approved training provider of your choice.
Please remember the following:

  • You can only claim for one place per service.
  • The person you send must do 18 hours of training for the full course or 12 hours of training for the refresher. If they do not complete the course, they will not receive a certificate and you will not be able to claim back the cost of training.
  • Once forms and documents have been received, payments will be made according to the payment schedule (please see below). Payment will only be made for the amount you paid. 

For more information on this or to request your FAR reimbursement application form, please contact your Support and Development Officer (Bernie/Edel). 

FAR Payment Schedule


List of FAR trainers


Far trainers