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Why we do what we do

Sarah Hunstead started CPR Kids because as a paediatric nurse, she knows that what a parent or carer does to help their sick or injured child in the minutes before an ambulance arrives, can directly impact the health outcome of their child. Sarah realised that a little knowledge, and confidence to act, could make all the difference. So Sarah set out to empower every adult to be able to respond in an emergency, and know they have done everything they could in the moment.

Our Advisory Board consists of experts in their chosen fields:

Ceri Ittensohn – Chief People & Culture Officer at TAL Life

Alan Murray – Corporate and strategic advisor, investor and Managing Director at 333 Capital

Kylie Stark – Senior Policy Adviser at NSW Ministry of Health

Liz Collinson – Senior Vice President Legal and Compliance Wyndham Vacation Clubs Asia Pacific 

Scott Porter – Business Advisor

Dr Arjun Rao – Paediatric Emergency Physician

Learn more about our founder

A little bit of knowledge is a powerful thing

Meet Our Team

A little bit of knowledge is a powerful thing

Today, a team of over 30 paediatric nurses help Sarah on this mission. We have now held thousands of classes, and receive calls and messages every week saying that our classes have helped make a difference in the lives of families around Australia.

Meet our team

Not For Profit program – Aid for all

We believe that everyone should have access to information on children’s health:
every child deserves carers who are empowered to act in emergencies.

As a result we are proud to work with:

  • Wesley Mission
  • RPA KGV Drug Health
  • Brighter Futures
  • Learnmed
  • Anglicare
  • Central & Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network
  • Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Benevolent Society
  • WILMA Women’s Health
  • Oasis Young Parents Program

If you think we can help anyone else, please get in contact.

ENQUIRE

Don’t take our word for it…

“After a simple one hour of training from the incredibly knowledgeable CPR Kids team, I walked out feeling armed with the skills needed to help and/or take control in a life threatening situation. My gratitude to Westpac, Julia and Jess and CPR Kids for being given this opportunity is immense….”

Participant of a Corporate class
With an NPS of 93 - we care about your time with us and it shows.

Be Empowered

"If you're contemplating doing this course - do it! There were so many things I hadn't even thought of that were covered and I'm making my husband do the next session! Such basic skills that could save lives and I can't believe I hadn't done this sooner!"

Alix S
Join the thousands of Australians who have been empowered at a CPR Kids class.

Gain Confidence

"This is a great course to do, I feel much more confident after doing this course to administer CPR on a baby or child. Information provided is easy to understand and not overwhelming at all. Anyone looking after kids should be doing this course, our trainer was excellent."

Marnee F
Learn essential life-saving skills and how to confidently act in an emergency situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Face-to-face classes and general FAQs
Does the current COVID-19 outbreak affect my class?

Yes it does. We are adhering to the government guidelines for restrictions such as physical distancing, vaccinations, numbers in classes etc. We have a COVID SAFE plan and stringent (as always) infection control procedures.  All our nurse educators are fully vaccinated. During the pandemic we will not be practicing breaths on the manikins and reduced class numbers. Please ask us for a full run down on what we are doing to keep you (and us!) safe.

For those who prefer to learn online we have online course options – you can find out more here.

Can my children come to my face-to-face class?

• Public classes: Here at CPR Kids, we welcome you to bring your babies along to our classes.  Young children who are mobile though, often become unsettled during class – we recommend that mobile children are left at home so that you are able to concentrate and get the most out of your time with our educators. This is also for your child’s safety, as we can only accomodate for babies who aren’t yet mobile, in the hospital environment. If you are breastfeeding a mobile child, we are more than happy for you to take a break and have them visit you during class time to breastfeed.

• Private Classes: Children of all ages are welcome within private classes. Just keep in mind when making a booking that a class timed for children’s naps often works best. This way you can concentrate – and don’t forget to allow extra time to accommodate for nappy changes and feeds! Children aged 8 to 14 years are able to come with you (a paying adult) to any class (both private and public), free of charge.

Why should I do a class with CPR Kids

CPR Kids teaches you more than just First Aid. Our expert paediatric nurses and midwives empower you with the confidence to recognise and respond to your sick or injured child.

• All our educators are specialised paediatric nurses or midwives and have current AHPRA registration.

• Our classes follow the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines and other nationally-recognised medical bodies.

• All educators are parents or carers themselves and have experienced what they teach first-hand.

• We offer post-class resources for learning retention and ongoing practice.

• We can come to you at a time that suits you.

• We offer open classes hosted by major maternity hospitals and community venues.

Which class should I do?

There are many unique pressures that will make one class for difficult for different people. That’s why we host a number of different classes so that you can choose one to suit your particular situation and needs.

Is all CPR training the same?

No. CPR and First Aid classes can be perceived as boring and irrelevant. The CPR Kids classes break this common perception – they are fun, interactive and everything that you learn is tailored to your situation. Because we are all experienced paediatric nurses who have experienced everything we teach you, we can impart our skills and knowledge to you. We are also parents, so we understand how distressing it is to have a sick or injured child, and can help give you the skills to remain calm in an emergency.

What do participants receive from face-to-face classes?

• For the host of a private class – a copy of A life. A finger. A pea up a nose. by Sarah Hunstead. This book covers all the topics learned in-class plus many more. First Aid situations that affect children and babies.

• Access to additional baby and child first aid topics via online learning – for all participants.

• A poster covering First Aid scenarios and CPR flowchart.

• A mini reference DRSABCD and other first aid

• Access to our YouTube channel – CPR Kids TV – so you can refresh your knowledge anytime.

• A certificate of attendance can be provided upon request which may be used toward professional development (CPD) hours. Confirm with your workplace prior to booking your class. Please note, this is NOT a Certificate of Attainment (Nationally Recognised Training).

Can I claim CPR Kids classes with my Health Fund?

It depends on your Health Fund. Our educators are Registered Nurses and Midwives, however, they do not have provider numbers so we cannot claim for you. Some Health Funds will refund part or full payment for First Aid courses. Please contact your fund for more details.

Do you teach classes in the evening?

Yes, we can teach home classes in evenings (7pm is the latest start time), daytime and also weekends. We also hold Baby First Aid evening classes in hospitals and community venues. We also endeavor to have evening options for our Zoom classes.

Can I eat during my class?

You are welcome to bring your dinner, snacks or refreshments to eat or drink during this class. We would recommend eating dinner before your class because our classes are very hands-on. There is a short 5-min break during the class in which you might like to have a snack available for people in your class. Feel free to snack during the class, especially if you are pregnant.

Can I breastfeed during the class?

Yes, all our classes are breastfeeding-friendly.

What's your payment and cancellation policy?

Payment in full is required at the time of booking via credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express). A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for cancellation.  Less than 48 hours notice of cancellation incurs a charge of 25% of your class fee.  Emergency situations (such as labour!) are exempt from cancellation fee.  No-shows incur a charge of the full class fee.

How far do you travel from the CBD?

CPR Kids travels to Greater Sydney/Newcastle/Wollongon/Brisbane/Sunshine Coast/Melbourne for Baby & Child First Aid classes. Please note there may be a travel fee for some outer metro suburbs and locations beyond  metro areas. Please contact us if you live outside a metro area, we may be able to arrange a course. Live in a regional or rural area? Get a big group together –  we love a road trip!

I live in a tiny apartment. How much space will we need for our private class?

We only need enough room for all participants to sit on the floor with a CPR manikin in front of them. Cosy is not a problem* except during a pandemic, where need to keep our physical distance.

I have a big mother's group. Can you still teach us?

Yes we can! We have lots of options as to how we can meet the needs of your group. Contact us to see how we can meet your needs. Private Baby & Child First Aid + Private Couples Class – where? CPR Kids come to your home or venue of choice. Why not host the session in the local park on a sunny day?

Do you provide classes for not-for-profit organisations?

Yes, we partner with a number of NFP’s to provide training for people in disadvantaged circumstances. If you would like to discuss our not-for-profit rates, please get in touch.

Where does the information you teach us come from?

We only teach Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines CPR. Other sources for first aid include ASCIA, The Asthma Foundation, and the ARC. For a more detailed reference list, please click here.

Who teaches the classes?

We are all Paediatric/Emergency/Intensive care/retrieval Nurses/midwives – specialising in paediatrics. Between us, the team at CPR Kids collectively have over 200+ years of experience. We all have postgraduate qualifications ranging from Diplomas in Paediatrics to Masters Degrees in Critical Care. The founder and Director of CPR Kids, Sarah Hunstead, has over 15 years experience as a paediatric emergency nurse, is author of A life. A finger. A pea up a nose – A practical guide to baby and child First Aid and is the paediatric expert for the National Institute of First Aid Trainers. You can find out more about each of our wonderful educators here.

Online classes and online learning FAQs
If I have trouble with the self-paced online course, who should I contact?

Please contact us at email [email protected] or call 1300 543 727 during business hours M-F. We aim to respond within 48 hours of your enquiry.

What do we receive for completing the self-paced online course?

On completion of the course, you will be able to access your Certificate of Completion. Please note that as this is a non-accredited course, you will NOT receive a Certificate of Attainment (Nationally Recognised Training) – please check if this will suit your own purposes.

Can I stop and start the online self-paced course when I like? Is there a time limit?

Yes! Learn when it suits you, stop and start at any time and revisit any of the modules as many times as you like for 12 months. You have a period of 12 months to complete the content. Learn when it suits you, stop and start at any time and revisit any of the modules as many times as you like for 12 months.

What age is your self-paced course applicable for?

Our content covers babies and children in the ages: 0-12 years.

Are your live online classes hands on?

Please have a pillow/stuffed toy with you to practice on – you will be practicing the skills you learn on the day with your paediatric nurse educator guiding you through the steps.

What if I can no longer make my live online class time?

Please contact us at email [email protected] or call 1300 543 727.

What do we receive for attending the live online class?

On completion of the course, you will be able to access your Certificate of Completion. Please note that as this is a non-accredited course, you will NOT receive a Certificate of Attainment (Nationally Recognised Training) – please check if this will suit your own purposes.

Can I ask questions in the live online class?

Of course! Please ask any questions you may have, during the class – there will also be a time for questions at the end.

What topics are covered in the live online class?

You will learn how to manage a choking emergency in a baby or child; and how to confidently perform CPR for babies and children. (0-12 years)

What do I need to bring/do during the live online class?

For the best experience and to get the most out of the session, we recommend you:
– bring a pillow or soft toy so you can practice along with your CPR Kids nurse educator
– have your ZOOM video on, so that you can interact and your educator can support your learning
– respect the privacy of all other participants joining via video

Can I join from anywhere in the world? What time-zone are the classes taught in?

We would love to have you join us! Please note that start times are in Sydney (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings) time, so you may need to adjust the start times for your local area.

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Book into any of our public classes for 4 or more people with code 4FOR15OFF and get 15% off.

Babies and breastfeeding are always welcome in our classes