Charity for families with children in hospital targeted for Child Safety First campaign

Charity for families with children in hospital  targeted for Child Safety First campaign

A joint initiative between national independent charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, part of the Busy Bees childcare group, is to campaign for people who regularly care for under five year olds to be trained in paediatric first aid.

Planned to coincide with Child Safety Week (6-12 June), Ronald McDonald House Birmingham will,
as the campaign’s official partner,  be hosting two workshops during the week at their 66-bedroom House situated close to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families who have a seriously ill children undergoing treatment.

The campaign is targeted at training more parents, grandparents and childcare professionals to become skilled and confident in the basics of Paediatric First Aid.

A recent study conducted by a number of credible sources revealed that, although 65% of parents say the thought of their child needing immediate first aid intervention makes them feel worried, 70% of mums and dads in the UK lack first aid skills that would allow them to help their child in a medical emergency.

As part of the campaign, Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy and Ronald McDonald House Charities have created a handy A5 booklet containing important information on Paediatric First Aid Training.  Over 1000 copies of which will be distributed across the West Midlands.  It will also be available for all to download from the Busy Bees Training Website ( 

As well as detailing the key skills needed to effectively administer Paediatric First Aid, delegates will be provided with an information booklet and First Aid Kit, developed by Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, to take away following the workshops.

Donations will be encouraged, and all contributions from the workshops will go towards Ronald McDonald House Birmingham.

Talking about the campaign, Fay Gibbin, Training Manager at Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy said: “We’re incredibly proud to launch this campaign as it is a cause that we, as a company, are incredibly passionate about. Nothing is more precious to a parent than their child’s safety, and nothing is more important to us than the safety of the children that we care for in our nurseries. “


Libby Aston, House Manager at Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham, says: “Training in Paediatric First Aid is an invaluable skill for families with young children so it’s really exciting to be partnering with Busy Bees Training Academy for this campaign.  We believe that parents, grandparents and carers will find the sessions useful.

“We’re extremely thankful to anyone who makes a donation as it will go directly towards the running costs of the House and help ensure we keep our doors open to families with children in hospital. We had 1,274 families stay with us last year and without the generosity of supporters we would be unable to continue to help others who need us.”


For press enquiries, please contact Sarah Murray at Papillon PR on 01543 898 195 or by emailing


Notes to Editors

1.The campaign precedes new legislation due to come into effect in September 2016, meaning that all new recruits who hold a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in Childcare must present an Emergency Paediatric First Aid or a full Paediatric First Aid certificate if they are to count towards the staff/qualification ratios under the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

2.Other partners are: Merry Hill Shopping Centre’s ‘Mummy Morning’ group, and Birmingham & Black Country’s Wildlife Trust

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Birmingham is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.


Ronald McDonald House Birmingham has 66 bedrooms and also offers a communal lounge, kitchen and play area for families.


There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015 they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital.


Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.


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About Busy Bees Training

Childcare Apprenticeships currently available are: The Children and Young People’s Workforce apprenticeship programme Level 2 and 3 are vocational qualifications, Level 2 being open to school leavers aged 16 and over who have a passion for working with children and wish to become Assistant Early Years Educators and Level 3 leaning more towards older and more experienced staff who aim to progress to a more responsible position as Qualified Early Years Educators and Room Managers.

The Level 3 Management Apprenticeship, also a nationally accredited qualification, is undertaken by existing Room Managers and often leads on to further progression within the company into more varied roles such as Nursery Managers, Health & Safety Officers or Training Assessors, able to pass on the training themselves to the next apprentices.

Busy Bees provides quality support and training for all of their staff on a continual basis, helping to improve individuals own technical and organisational skills to provide the overall service that every parent looks for when seeking out a place of security and to trust to send the most important thing in their lives. Busy Bees offers a wide range of essential courses and qualifications covering a multitude of topics, both externally and in-house, which are delivered by their in-house training team.

For more information regarding choosing the right career path within the childcare sector please go to or contact Busy Bees Training on 01543 711150.

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