Introducing First Aid to Children

Our network Johanniter International celebrates World First Aid Day with the release of the publication European First Aid for 5 to 7 years old. The booklets comprise a set of two stories for children, playfully introducing them to basic concepts of first aid, along with a Guidance for teachers and instructors. The materials promote the importance of early first aid training in preventing injuries and saving lives. The stories are designed to be interactive with opportunities for discussion and colouring, offering an engaging way for children to start learning about health and healthcare.

Developed by an international team of medical experts, who form the JOIN Clinical Working Group, the two stories for children offer an introductory program to first aid entailing awareness of risks and danger of surroundings, how to call for help and further basic concepts. While all content primarily aims at the school setting, close attention was given to versatile applicability in a classroom, as well as at home, in large groups or on an individual basis.

The publication is designed as the first part of a series of modules for children. Further modules are being created for children aged 7 to 11, and 11 to 16.

Following its success in 2019 with the release of the very first comprehensive European-wide First Aid Guidelines for the adult public in many languages, Johanniter International launches on World First Aid Day the free-to-use teaching materials for children designed to apply in every European country.