ECC releases Choking Guidelines

18 April 2019

The ECC has pulled together advice from the Ministry of Health on the food groups that pose a risk of choking in young children and recommendations on alternative serving methods. In addition, these guidelines offer advice on appropriate first aid actions to take in the event a child is choking. Go here to download the guidelines.

The Ministry of Education has signalled that it proposes to review the first aid requirements (unit standards) for ECE staff in terms of their relevance.

We have long expressed concern that the current unit standards are not sufficiently focussed on the likely first aid needs of preschool-aged children, and so welcome this review and look forward to its outcome.

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