Why we do what we do

Sarah Hunstead started CPR Kids because as a paediatric nurse 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 20 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.


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

Does the current COVID-19 outbreak affect my class?

We are thrilled to be holding classes both face to face and online as per government guidelines and state restrictions!

Rest assured – we have strict infection control policies in place to keep you safe.

Click here for our COVIDSafe changes.

All available classes are open for booking – just head to our bookings page.

If you would prefer to learn online, we have multiple options available– you can find out more and here.

Can my children come?

**PLEASE NOTE THERE MAY BE SOME CHANGES DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS IN YOUR AREA Babies & breastfeeding are welcome at all of our classes!

  • Public classes: We welcome all parents bringing their 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 or 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 & location that suits you.

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

• We are recommended by leading obstetricians & paediatric specialists.

Which class should I do?

There are many unique circumstances that will make one class more suitable than another 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.  From hospital & community based classes, to private classes in your home. Every class you attend will give you the knowledge and confidence to respond in an emergency situation.  Review our range of classes available.

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.

How many people will be in my class?

Private Couples Class (in your home): You can have a maximum of 2 adults in this class. Children welcome. Find out more about Private Couples classes.

Private Group Baby and Child Class (in your home in NSW, QLD and VIC): You can have a private class in your home  for a group of 1-10 which is charges as a flat rate,  and a group of more than 10 people is charged at a per person rate. We ask that you have a maximum of 24 people in your class. Like to know more? Talk to us about what we can tailor for you. Find out more about Private Group Classes.

Public Baby and Child First Aid (in selected maternity hospitals and community locations in NSW, QLD and VIC): Join a CPR Kids public class –  recommended by maternity hospitals and obstetricians, the number of  people in your class varies, depending on location and COVID-19 restrictions.   Find out more about  Hospital & Open classes.

Corporate Classes (in the workplace):  We will accommodate the content and structure of your course to your Company’s requirements.   Find out more about Corporate Classes.

What do participants receive?

• 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.

• A copy of the CPR kids e-guide to baby and child first aid for all participants.

• A poster covering First Aid scenarios and CPR flowchart.

• A fridge postcard of DRSABCD and other first aid.

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

• A Certificate of Attendance is sent to all participants after their class.  This may be used toward professional development (CPD) hours, however, please note, this is not a Certificate of Attainment. Confirm with your workplace prior to booking your class as to what type of class you need.

Do you do accredited courses?

CPR Kids provides Nationally Recognised Training on behalf of and in partnership with The First Aid Group (Registered Training Organisation 32268).  Our classes advertised and available for booking on line are non-accredited classes.  However, we can absolutely arrange an Accredited Classe for you and your team.  

These include a Nationally Recognised Training Certificate upon successful completion of the course. 

For further information please visit www.thefirstaidgroup.com.au/learner

Please contact us if you would like to book either of these classes.

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.  We will happily provide a receipt, on request, if required by your Health Fund.

Do you teach classes in the evening?

Yes, we can teach Private Group home classes in evenings (7pm is the latest start time), daytime, during the week and also on weekends.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss what class time might work best for you.

Can I eat during my class?

Yes! Feel free to snack during our classes, especially if you are pregnant.

Can I breastfeed during the class?

Yes, all our classes are breast-feeding 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), and for private groups we can do individual payments – as the host you don’t need to pay for everyone else! 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, Wollongong, Brisbane, Gold & Sunshine Coasts, Melbourne & various regional areas in NSW, QLD & VIC  for Baby & Child First Aid classes.  Please contact us if you live outside these areas as we may be able to arrange a course, based on your location.  A travel fee may apply.  Live in a rural area?  Get a big group together –  we love a road trip!  

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.  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 and/or 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.


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Babies and breastfeeding are always welcome in our classes