It is a good idea for parents and carers of children to at least have basic knowledge of First Aid and CPR – this will equip you with the skills to respond just in case the unthinkable does happen. Having First Aid and CPR knowledge is particularly important if you have a home pool or spa.
The best way to ensure you have up to date and comprehensive knowledge is by taking part in a first aid course every three years and updating your CPR knowledge every 12 months.
There's a range of different child first aid courses available - have a look in your area to find a course that suits your needs.
If you have a home pool or spa it is a good idea to have a CPR sign clearly visible nearby (e.g. on the pool fence) as a reminder of what to do in an emergency. Kidsafe also recommends that all households have a fully stocked First Aid kit which is easily accessible.
Hopefully these are skills you will never need to use. However, it is better to be prepared just in case… you may just save a life.