BAND Course Booking Policy

Bristol City Councils’ Early Years & Childcare Service currently funds part of BAND’s training programme and to extend the range of courses offered, BAND also raises funds from charities and trusts.

This allows us to offer the majority of courses for free to most Bristol Based play and childcare workers in Ofsted registered settings & member groups. Details of course content can be found here.

  • Bookings are only accepted once the actual course dates have been published. These usually appear on our website between two and three months before the courses are due to run.
  • Bookings can only be made by filling out a booking form.
  • Each booking must be accompanied by £50 returnable deposit per person, or the appropriate fee.
  • We require separate deposits for each named individual and all parts of the booking form must be completed.
  • BACS payments can be accepted for course fees but can’t be accepted for deposits.
  • Cheques should be made to BAND Ltd.

For further information on our course programme or to download a booking form click here.

If you would like to be sent a booking form by post, or have any other queries please contact the BAND training Department on 0117 954 2165 or email

Cancellation Policy

  • BAND require 48 hours notice of cancellation in order to refund a course deposit. For cancellations of less than 48 hours we will refund the deposit if we are able to fill the place.
  • For late cancellations of less than 48 hours notice owing to extenuating circumstances we will return the deposit at our discretion.

In-House Training

BAND may be able to offer an in-house training session for your staff team. Sessions can usually accommodate 12-15 people. For further details and prices please contact the training Department on 0117 954 2165 or email


Wakey Wakey Rise & Shine – Breakfast, Snack & Teeth

A short course focusing on breakfast for a good start to the day, ideas for snacks and promoting dental health. Participants will learn about how to provide food so they are meeting current best practice guidelines, find out how to pledge to be Sugar Smart and gain information and guidance on how to promote good dental health practices to children and their families. There will by an opportunity prepare some of the dishes.

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6 Hour Emergency Paediatric First Aid

This course offers Emergency Paediatric First Aid training for those working with children and babies in accordance with guidelines issued by the DfES and is suitable for anyone working in a play or childcare setting. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance which will be valid for three years.

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E-Safety Workshop

This is a workshop to raise awareness of how to deal with safety issues online. During the course participants will: Identify a range of benefits & potential risks to children Identify a…

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Action in Practice – Designated Safeguarding Person Training

A course for staff with the role of Designated Safeguarding person around the implementation of Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. It will increase knowledge around effective staff induction and how to manage and make effective referrals. The course also includes implementing a Staff Code of Conduct as well as how to manage allegations against staff / volunteers.

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BAND Level 2 Playwork

BAND Level 2 – Play & Playwork is aimed at playworkers and volunteers, aged at least 16 years old, who are working in a play environment with children aged 4 – 16 years. The course is an introduction to the key aspects of supporting play opportunities for children and young people and provides an understanding of the importance of play in their lives. It increases knowledge of playwork practice and the role of a playworker.

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Cooking for Children with Allergies

A course that includes adapting recipes for children with allergies to milk, egg, gluten, nuts or a combination of these whilst maintaining nutritional content of meals and snacks. Includes Food Standards Agency legislation, a cookery demonstration as well as the opportunity to cook a range of dishes.

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Craft Skills

A dynamic and fun day giving the opportunity to explore crafty activities for children and young people using natural, found and recycled materials in novel and creative ways.

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Celebrating Cultures with Food

An interactive hands on opportunity to create a variety of delicious and easy to prepare dishes to celebrate festivals and cultures throughout the year, which can be included in menus for meals and snacks. This course includes information on how to use food to help to promote children’s understanding of the world, to communicate a sense of belonging and celebrate diversity. At the end of the session there is a shared lunch of all the recipes created.

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12 Hour Paediatric First Aid

This course offers Paediatric First Aid training for those working with children and babies in accordance with guidelines issued by the DfES and is suitable for anyone working in a play or childcare setting. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance which will be valid for three years.

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Arts & Crafts Activities

Craft Skills: “Great staff, all round brilliant!!”  “Really informative and fun!”   “Very welcoming and approachable. Things I’ve made to take home, helpful handouts.”  “Knowledge by all trainers excellent.”  “ Got to…

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Child Development

Promoting Positive Behaviour:“Trainers were very knowledgeable and friendly.”  “Excellent advice and tips given in relation to behaviours demonstrated in my setting.”  “Trainers were encouraging of open discussion and I felt very confident…

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Child Protection

A Level 2 equivalent course that is aimed at anyone working with children aged 0 – 15 years. It includes: increasing awareness of possible abuse, dealing with disclosure, record-keeping and support available to children and families.

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Creating Positive Behaviour in Children (Under 5’s)

A course for childcare staff working with pre-school aged children, which examines what is unacceptable behaviour and how to recognise children’s emotional needs. It includes practical strategies and ways to respond to behaviour issues as well as ways to re-engage children in play and developing positive behaviour in your setting generally.

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Developing Assertiveness Skills

Assertiveness is the ability to express yourself and your rights without violating the rights of others. It is appropriately direct, open and honest communication which is self-enhancing and expressive. Course content: Developing…

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Disability Equality in Play

This course involves: Reflecting on attitudes towards disability Developing an understanding of the Medical and Social models of disability Examining the meaning of inclusive play Examining the use of language Exploring how to…

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Domestic Abuse Awareness

A course exploring how domestic abuse can affect children’s well being and development and how to practically support parents and children affected. Participants will learn about the facts and figures around domestic abuse, including definitions, incidence and relevant legislation.

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 Makaton: “I will now be able to ensure that the child I support is signing correctly / accurately.”  “It was a fun and relaxing way to learn Makaton.”  “The interactive games / activities…

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EYFS Refresher Briefing Session – for group childcare

A session to support Bristol based play and early years settings to meet the requirements of the EYFS and brief providers about the Common Inspection Framework and changes to the EYFS. It will also support providers to meet the demands of the Ofsted inspection process. The session is for staff and management working in group childcare settings.

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Finance Training

A course that includes ensuring that manageable financial systems are in place; keeping clear and up to date financial records; developing appropriate monitoring systems and maintaining sustainable childcare provision.

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Fire Warden Training

A course for designated Fire Wardens or those responsible for coordinating staff evacuation during an emergency and first aid fire fighting. It covers:
•Human behaviour responses in fire/emergency situations
•Basic principles of fire safety and protection
•Theory and operation of fire extinguishing equipment
•Classes of fire and mechanics of fire spread
•Means of escape and evacuation procedures
•Fire legislation and fire risk assessments.

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Food Hygiene

This half day certificated Basic Food Hygiene course covers personal hygiene, prevention of contamination, food poisoning awareness, time / temperature control of food and current food legislation.

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Makaton Foundation

This foundation course offers certificated training in the practical use of Makaton for Stages 1-4, with additional vocabulary for people working with children with learning difficulties. The aim is to provide communication opportunities for all.

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Management & Finance

Finance: “Demonstrated that finance can be straight forward, if one adopts a systematic approach.  Useful templates.”   Staff Supervision: “I felt I could trust the trainer’s advice and info given as they were…

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Managing Medicine

This course is for staff who need to know how to safely administer medicine or assist children to take their own medication. It covers legislation; types and classification of medication; storage and disposal of medication; administration of medicine and supporting self-administration, independence and choice.

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Marketing and Publicity for Childcare and Play Settings

A course to learn about the role marketing and publicity has in improving sustainability of a childcare setting, where participants will identify the unique selling point of their individual setting and develop a simple and effective marketing strategy that can be used immediately.

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Paediatric First Aid for Working Outdoors

This course covers how to manage incidents such as an unconscious casualty, choking, bleeding, asthma and
anaphylaxis, burns and scalds, fractures, febrile convulsions, shock, anaphylactic shock, head, neck and back
injuries, poisoning, bites and stings, the effects of extreme heat and cold.

  • The recovery position and resuscitation.
  • Chronic medical conditions.
  • What should be in a First Aid kit.

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  • Play, Playwork & EYFS

    Food Hygiene: “Very useful to learn about the list of 14 allergens – and how use the information in our setting.” Fire Safety: “Will always remember practical bit using fire blanket and extinguisher,”…

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    Promoting Children’s Positive Body Image

    This course examines how children of all ages are affected by the media and their modern world; how body image is linked to children’s mental health and emotional well-being. It also looks at what kind of comments and activities are helpful and unhelpful.

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    Safeguarding and Welfare

    Child Protection: “I really appreciated attending a course in person as I’ve done an online course for another job and I didn’t find it very helpful as I couldn’t ask questions or…

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    Safer Recruitment

    To provide participants with a range of skills and knowledge to effectively recruit paid and unpaid staff in play/childcare settings, in line with current safeguarding legislation and equal opportunity practice

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    Staff Supervision

    A course exploring the importance of and Ofsted requirements for providing supervision where participants will identify a suitable supervision model for their setting, explore how to deal with difficult situations and improve staff performance and how to develop effective target setting for continuing staff development.

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    Supporting Children (0-5 Years) to Eat Well

    A course to develop knowledge of healthy eating for children aged 0-5 years and how to introduce this in the childcare setting. It includes an overview of welfare requirements for food and drink for babies 0-12 months and children between 1 and 5 years, ideas for foods to offer at snack time, how to include learning about food within each of the prime and specific areas in the revised EYFS and resources available to support you with promoting healthy eating.

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