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Talking to children about the situation in Ukraine (March 2022)

Two resource sheets from Nicky Hutchinson & Chris Calland, Educational Consultants specializing in Mental health, Body Image & behavior: http://www.notjustbehaviour.co.uk How to talk to children about the situation in Ukraine  Download... ...

Playworkers’ Forum March 22

The Forum is Back! The playworkers’ forum is going online – come and join us on Tuesday 1st March from 7-8:30 pm for information sharing, support and hopefully some fun too. All... ...

Your Holiday Hub (YHH): Find a holiday activity in your area

Find a holiday activity in your area What Your Holiday Hub (YHH) is, who can take part, how to find activities in your area. The Your Holiday Hub (YHH) programme provides activities... ...

Funding For Projects That Assist Disadvantaged Young People: KFC foundation

Funding For Projects That Assist Disadvantaged Young People: KFC foundation KFC have a small grant programme of between £200 and £2,000 are available for projects which empower disadvantaged young people in the... ...

Playworkers’ Forum Returns

After a break of over a year, the Playworker’s Forum is back. To start with, its going to be on Zoom but after about 16 months of very strange and difficult times,... ...

BAND Webinar: Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy Updates (April 2021)

BAND Webinar: Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy Updates (April 2021) In this presentation BAND’s Development & Support Team review some recent changes & how you should update your Child Protection & Safeguarding... ...

Play and Playwork – 1 hour webinars

Something new for playworkers: Play and Playwork A series of 1 hour online webinars based on the Playwork Principles. These sessions are for playworkers working with 5 – 14 year olds, with... ...

Play Wales: Playwork Guides

Play Wales have just published the first of a new series of guides that explore some of the theories that influence the way adults understand children, the role of play and childhood,... ...

Cedar Park Play Scheme: A Corona Chronicle

Cedar Park Play Scheme: A Corona Chronicle So after 26 years of working and running Cedar Park Playscheme never would I have thought that I would be forced into closing our beautiful... ...

The Neuroscience of Play

The Neuroscience of Play A two part online course delivered by Ben Kingston-Hughes, Play Trainer of the year Part 1 Step aboard the miniature submarine as we prepare to journey deep into... ...

VE Day 2020: Bletchley Park and Code Breaking

VE Day 2020 …Bletchley Park and Code Breaking… Bletchley Park is an estate in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, England. It was the site of the United Kingdom’s main codebreaking team during World War II.... ...

VE Day 2020 – Celebration Ideas: Newspaper hats

VE Day 2020 …VE Day Hats… Across towns and local communities, the main focus of events on VE Day were usually on children. They celebrated with street parties, parades, fancy dress, and... ...

Advice & information sources 26/03

Advice & information sources 26/03 Social Distancing for Open Settings https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings Flamingo Chicks – Helping Children Understand Coronavirus- https://flamingochicks.org/athome/ MIND – Supporting your Mental Health & Wellbeing https://mind.turtl.co/story/mindwork-march-2020/ Sec of State for... ...

Bristol City Council’s Families in Focus, Social Care and First Response Teams.

Bristol City Council’s Families in Focus, Social Care and First Response Teams. Dear Friends, please find below details we’ve received about continuing services from Bristol City Council’s Families in Focus, Social Care... ...

COVID-19 Information for settings 23/3

COVID-19 Information for settings 23/3 As things stand now (Monday 23rd) we think the current position is/will be when the Coronovirus Emergency Bill is passed early this week: If you are in... ...

Update & useful info 19/03

COVID-19 Information for settings 23/3 Although the BAND office is closed we are still able to respond to email and voicemail messages, email address are here. We will mail info. on issues... ...

Bristol Council Early Year’s Service Statement: COVID-19, closures & entitlements

Bristol Council Early Year’s Service Statement: COVID-19, closures & entitlements “We have been contacted by several settings asking about the funding for the Free Early Education Entitlement if you need to close due... ...

Early Years Designated Safeguarding Leads Network Meetings 2020

Early Years Designated Safeguarding Leads Network Meetings 2020   Dates for the Spring Term Meetings: Wednesday 18th March– 8.00am – 10.00am at Bristol Education Centre, Sheridan Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 0PU Wednesday... ...
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Funding Your Way – Fundraising Advice – 2020 Edition

Funding Your Way – Fundraising Advice – 2020 Edition Sufficient funding is the foundation for good quality, sustainable childcare. Making the effort to think consistently and creatively about fundraising opportunities is what... ...

BAND Safeguarding Poster 2020

BAND Safeguarding Poster 2020   The poster is colour coded, making it clear and easy to identify the child protection agency. Please  feel free to display this at your setting. To get... ...

FREE training for Managers and Supervisors Jan 2020

FREE training for Managers and Supervisors: Jan 2020 ⇨For the full leaflet click here: Information leaflet Jan 20 managers ⇨ For the application form click here: Application form WFW Managers training Bristol... ...

Forum Fun!

Forum Fun! Lots of fun has been had at the last couple of playworkers’ forums. Back in the summer, 14 playworkers eagerly entered into the world of superheroes.  The room was alive... ...

Fundraiser: Free Inclusive Workshops for disabled children

Fundraiser: Free Inclusive Workshops for disabled children. BAND are seeking funding to the amount of £2,125 to pay for 5 free children’s inclusive aerial workshops to take place during the school holidays.... ...

AUTUMN COURSES@ BAND

Autumn Training Opportunities Domestic Abuse Awareness -19th September 2019 9.30am – 3.30pm at BAND Come along to develop an understanding of how domestic abuse can affect children’s wellbeing & development. Have the... ...

PLAYDAY 2019!

PLAYDAY 2019! http://www.playday.org.uk/ Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. This year Playday will be celebrated on Wednesday 7 August. We... ...

Non-mobile baby injury protocol update (2019)

Non-mobile baby injury protocol update The non-mobile baby injury protocol has changed across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Get your updated copy here: https://bristolsafeguarding.org/media/32252/non-mobile-baby-injury-policy-update-march-2019-bristol-approved.pdf The main change is that when the... ...

Online Consultation: Safeguarding & Community Safety Partnerships Transformation

Online Consultation: Safeguarding & Community Safety Partnerships Transformation ...

Makaton Enhancement Training

9.30am – 1pm Wednesday’s 24th April, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd May & 5th June. Makaton Enhancement training will enable participants to learn stages 5-8 and revise signing skills stages 1-4. More information:... ...

Get Inspired!: Crafty Behaviour 2019

Crafty Behaviour 2019 There was lots of fun, new things to learn and stunning creations on show when 32 Play & Childcare workers attended BAND’s ‘Get Inspired – Crafty Ideas’ training day... ...

Resilience & Mental Health and MAKATON – Spaces available

Resilience & Mental Health and MAKATON – Spaces available We’ve got a couple of spaces for some courses starting next week: Children’s Resilience & Mental Health Training & Makaton Foundation Training Children’s... ...

Esafety News from BSCB

Esafety News Here to help us in our quest to keep children safe online is the BSCB Esafety Newsletter. It’s hard to keep up to date with advice for children and their... ...

Healthy Eating Week

British Nutrition Foundation Healthy Eating Week takes place 11th-15th June and aims to increase knowledge about healthy eating and well-being, physical activity, food provenance and cooking.  A series of free resources and... ...

National Walking Month 2018

May 2018 is National Walking Month: why  not plan an event for your setting to take part?  As part of this, Walk to School Week is 21-25th May: why not encourage all... ...

Data Protection & GDPR- where to find advice

Data Protection & GDPR- where to find advice Childcare settings need to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR 2018) which, in May 2018, will replace the Data Protection... ...

Childcare Vouchers

The Childcare Voucher Scheme, which would have closed to new applicants from 5th April has now been extended to 5th October 2018.  This means that parents/carers who meet the employment criteria and have not yet... ...

Scarlet Fever in Bristol (March ’18).

Please be aware there is a current outbreak of Scarlet Fever in Bristol.   If you have two or more cases of Scarlet Fever in your setting, you must contact Public Health... ...

Is it time to let children play outdoors once more?

Is it time to let children play outdoors once more? Back in 2008 the decline in children’s play was laid bare when Government ministers admitted that one in four eight- to 10-year-olds... ...

BANDNews-Back issues: Movement in Mind

BANDNews-Back issues: Movement in Mind From MAY 2017 In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about the importance of playing outside and being able to run around for children’s development. Further neuroscience... ...

Co-op Membership Funding – Music Workshops

BAND has been shortlisted for funding through the Co-op Membership funding programme …and we need your vote to attract as many funds as possible. Funding will be used to pay for free... ...
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Safer Internet Day 2017 – 7th February

Safer Internet Day – 7th February saferinternet.org.uk Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’. https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017 Quick links:... ...
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Early Years Designated Safeguarding Leads Network Meetings.

Early Years Designated Safeguarding Leads Network Meetings. These meetings will take place 3 times a year and will be organised on an area basis. Download the flyer here: EY Designated lead meetings... ...

Makaton Enhancement course, February: Spaces available

Makaton Enhancement BAND still has spaces on the 6 session Makaton Enhancement course commencing on Wednesday 22nd February, 9.30am – 1pm at the BAND office. The other sessions will run on 8th,... ...

Band Annual Report 2015-16

Band Annual  Report 2015-16. It’s been a very busy and productive year at BAND. During the year we’ve had applications for BAND membership from 31 organisations and individuals, including: nurseries, preschools, schools,... ...

BAND visit the Play Bus Sensory Truck

Friday, 22 May 2015 BAND visit the Play Bus Sensory Truck As part of our on-going  commitment to inclusion, BAND has run a pilot session with the  PlayBus Sensory Truck to see if  improving... ...

Photos of the PAWS Fire Workshop led by the Ape Project

PAWS Fire Workshop 2012, a set on Flickr. ...

Craft Skills 21st September 2012

Craft Skills 21st September 2012, a set on Flickr. Photos of the Craft Skills course held last week, thanks to all those involved for making it a great day ...

Bristol Council Consults on Childcare Development Contract BANDNews-Back issues: Movement in Mind Safer Internet Day 2017 – 7th February BAND visit the Play Bus Sensory Truck

 

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