BAND provides training on subjects relevant to play and childcare workers, managers and management committee members.

For over forty years we’ve worked with BAND member groups and childcare experts to create our highly successful training programme. Our courses cover topics in: Safeguarding & Welfare, Child Development, Equalities, Management & Finance, Arts & Crafts and Play, Playwork & EYFS. Each course is led by qualified and experienced facilitators.
Cost: Courses are free for Bristol-based Ofsted registered childcare workers and Bristol BAND members. 10% discount available to non-Bristol BAND member groups. All others please see website for cost of each course.
Childcare: A contribution towards costs at £4 per hour (not per child) for Bristol-based groups only.
Travel: Limited travel costs available for Bristol-based groups.
Refreshments: Tea, coffee & squash provided. For full day courses, please bring your own lunch.
Access: Sessions are held in accessible venues in North, South and Central/East Bristol. Courses are held in the daytime and evening and occasionally on Saturdays. We’ll try to meet participants’ access needs. please contact us if you’d like to talk about any specific requirements.
Booking Policy: Please click here to read our full booking policy.

BAND Training Programme: List of courses and current dates.

Course NameCourse Status
Action in Practice – Designated Safeguarding Person Training May course full.
Anti-Racism in Play and ChildcareTo be arranged
 BAND Play & Playwork (Level 2)No course scheduled
Child ProtectionApril & May courses full.
Child Protection – RefresherMay course full
Children’s Resilience & Mental HealthTo be arranged
Craft SkillsTo be arranged
Creating Positive BehaviourTo be arranged
Communicating With ConfidenceTo be arranged
Domestic Abuse AwarenessONLINE – 27th April – book now
Empowering Children to Keep Themselves SafeONLINE – 27th May – book now
Exploring Gender StereotypingONLINE – 19th April – book now
Food HygieneTo be arranged
Finance TrainingTo be arranged
Female Genital Mutilation AwarenessTo be arranged
Fire WardenMay – course full from waiting list
Laying the Foundations for Healthy Sexual Development in Early YearsTo be arranged
LGBTQ+ Visibility To be arranged
Makaton Level 1 & 2To be arranged
Makaton Level 3 & 4To be arranged
Managing MedicineTo be arranged
Manual HandlingTo be arranged
MindfulnessTo be arranged
6 Hour Emergency Paediatric First AidNo course planned
12 Hour Paediatric First AidApril and May – all courses full from existing waiting list
Paediatric First Aid for Working OutdoorsMay course full
Play – What it does for the brain and bodyTo be arranged
Reflective Playwork Practice – The why and howTo be arranged
Promoting Children’s Positive Body ImageTo be arranged
Safer RecruitmentCourse postponed
Staff SupervisionTo be arranged
Staff Resilience and Mental HealthTo be arranged
Supporting Children (0-5 years) to Eat WellTo be arranged.
Children’s Mental Health – Practical Activities to Help Children Express ThemselvesTo be arranged

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Child Protection – Refresher

A half day course to update childcare/playworkers who have already completed child protection training either with BAND or elsewhere previously. It will include any changes to regulations and current local arrangements to enable participants to implement their own safeguarding policies and procedures.

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Anti-Racism in Childcare

Exploring the impact of racial harassment and abuse and the importance of  implementing anti-racist practice for offering quality play and childcare to children and their families. Look at dealing with incidents in…

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Booking Form & Booking Policy

Booking form for BAND training Download as MS word Document Download as a PDF document BAND Course Booking Policy – NEW from April 2018 Bristol City Councils’ Early Years & Childcare Service…

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Food Safety Level 2

This is a certificated Food Safety Level 2 course. Course content: The importance of food safety procedures and complying with the law Microbiological, chemical, physical and allergenic hazards and their control Good…

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