Safety Trumps Everything! 

Hi Children’s Activity Provider, 

Running a children’s activity business can be a minefield! We need to think about: 

  • Insurance 
  • First Aid 
  • Safeguarding 
  • DBSs 

The list seems endless! 

And that’s not to mention all the other things that are involved in running a business: 

  • Marketing 
  • Sales 
  • Admin 
  • Running your sessions
  • Customer service 

Well ICAP is here to help guide you through the minefield. To shed light, and help everything become crystal clear. And today, we’re focusing on first aid. Because ultimately, the most important thing is keeping the children in our classes safe. Safety trumps everything! 

Peace of Mind

We recommend that anyone working with children has paediatric first aid. Whilst it isn’t a legal requirement, it does give you peace of mind that you can help should anything (touch wood) happen in one of your sessions. As anyone who’s ever worked with children or has their own children will know; with kids around, you never know what might happen! 

It also gives your customers peace of mind, knowing that you run a safe and responsible business. People will look to you for advice on what to do in an emergency. So it’s vitally important to have the skills, knowledge and confidence to know how to act quickly, appropriately and efficiently in the event of an emergency involving a child. 

And on a personal level, being first aid trained will be invaluable should you come across someone who requires first aid in your local community or home. The world needs as many first aid trained people as possible!  

But once again, we’re back in that minefield! What kind of first aid do I need? And where should I do my first aid training? 

ICAP has partnered with Daisy First Aid to help demystify the world of first aid. Daisy First Aid is the leading first aid training centre for children’s activity providers in the UK. Daisy First Aid CEO, Jenni, found that first aid training classes were generally long classes aimed at the corporate market who often showed frightening videos and told distressing stories. Jenni felt she wanted to educate people in a way that made them feel happy, confident and empowered rather than terrified and intimidated.

Daisy First Aid offers various courses for children’s activity providers. You can read more about them here: https://www.daisyfirstaid.com/childrens-activity-providers/   

Which classes does Daisy First Aid recommend? 

Daisy First Aid recommends their 2-hour duty of care course for activity providers where parents are present.

For classes where parents aren’t present, we’d recommend attending a 12-hour level 3 paediatric first aid course.

How do I book? 

To find out more about classes in your local area just head to www.daisyfirstaid.com and click on ‘find a trainer’ and you’ll be directed to the search page. Pop in your postcode and your local trainer’s page will be listed along with how to get in touch with them. Send them a message, and they will get you booked in. 

You can attend a public class in a local venue or if you have a few staff members you’d like trained you can arrange a private class which is a great team-building opportunity!

ICAP members benefit from special offers from Daisy First Aid. If you’re not a member, you can sign up by clicking here

By becoming a member of ICAP you’re joining a community of like-minded professionals and business owners in the children’s activity sector working towards excellence

Pip Wilkins

Pip Wilkins is the Chief Executive of the British Franchise Association (bfa). With 25 years’ experience in the franchise sector, Pip has worked her way up within the Association, gaining insight from all areas of the business and the franchise industry. She is well-known and highly regarded in franchising for her dedication and depth of knowledge. Pip regularly speaks at conferences and seminars both domestically and internationally, as well as writing on franchising matters for national, local and franchising trade press. Pip is also a regular judge for the annual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, the Franchise Marketing Awards and Global Franchise Awards. Pip represents the UK at both the European Franchise Federation (EFF) and World Franchise Council (WFC). The bfa has grown to be one of the largest franchise associations in Europe, and one of the most successful associations in the world.

Theo Millward

Theo Millward is a graduate of Lancaster University with a BBA in Management. In 2016 Theo purchased UK swim school, Swimtime from the founders which teaches 20,000 children a week. Following a multi-award- winning digital transformation, during the global pandemic, Theo and his team founded Franscape, a saas that digitally transforms Franchise brands. FranScape won New Business of the Year at the UK Business Awards.

Andy Georgiou

Andy is the Founder of ICAP and a leading UK Franchise Business Consultant. He is fiercely committed to helping children’s activity providers build successful and profitable businesses. With qualifications in Business Management, Digital Media and Marketing, he has helped build, advise and grow leading 6 and 7 fiqure children’s education, sports and activity brands in the past 17 years.

Frank Sahlein

Frank has been active in the Children’s Activity Center industry as an athlete, coach, business owner, consultant and business broker. He is a native of San Mateo, California and graduated from San Jose State University in California (USA).
Frank was a pioneer of the Children’s Learning Opportunity Center concept from 1976 – 2016 at the Wings Center in Boise, Idaho (USA) – a blend of Sports Instruction, Arts, Education, Entertainment and Outreach programs.
As a business management innovator, Frank has delivered over 1,000 presentations for a variety of Children’s Activity Center industries such as gymnastics, swimming, cheerleading, dance, martial arts/ninja and child care/education.
3rd Level Consulting is a Business Development and Service Provider Partner for private industry companies, associations, and organizations in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Panama.
Two-time recipient of the National Business Leader Award from USA Gymnastics, Frank is the author of “Building Your Business Potential” and “Designing Your Empowered Life”. He is the creator of the SmartEDGE™ Business Applications and Management Certification Courses. He is the co-founder of LEAP Learning and the MetaSpheres Corp, and is the founder and Executive Director of the International Association of Child Development Programs.
His passions include his beautiful wife Lourdes Gonzalez, family, friends, fitness training, transformational reading and travel.