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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Saturday 27th January or Saturday 3rd February, 9.30am - 4.30pm - places available, book now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All courses in January & February now fully booked.
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.
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…
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…
Course 1: Thursdays 11th & 18th January, 7.00 - 9.45pm or Course 2: Tuesday 23rd January 10am - 4pm at The Withywood Centre or Course 3: Thursdays 1st & 8th February 7.00 - 9.45pm at BAND - places available, book now.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Wed 28th February & Thurs 1st March, 9.30am - 4.30pm and Friday 2nd March, 9.30am - 12 noon - places available, book now.
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.
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,”…
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.
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
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.
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.