Development and Support Team

Bristol City Council has commissioned BAND’s Development and Support Team to work with voluntary, private, independent and maintained group childcare providers around safeguarding and welfare.

The aim is to ensure the sufficiency and sustainability of settings so they can provide affordable and high quality childcare that safeguards our children.

Our role in this is to support people setting up new childcare provision and to give advice and guidance to those already up and running.

This service is for before or after school clubs, holiday play schemes, nurseries, children’s centres or pre-school groups.

We offer a comprehensive range of free services, as listed on the pages below.

For further information please contact BAND’s Childcare Manager:
Julie Edwards  (0117) 987 1560


New Providers

New Providers We can offer advice and guidance around the entire process of setting up a new childcare provision, including: Support with market research Finding suitable premises Forming a management group or…

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Ofsted Support

Ofsted Support It is a legal requirement for childcare groups that meet certain criteria, to register with Ofsted and then follow the requirements set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early…

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Finance and Sustainability

Finance and Sustainability One-off or regular support can be provided, covering: Finance and business planning – setting budgets, finance forecasts and cash flows Setting up simple finance and book keeping systems Finance…

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Safeguarding All aspects of childcare provision must have regard for safeguarding and child protection. The Development and Support Team can support you with the following services: Meeting the safeguarding requirements within a…

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Staffing and Recruitment

Staffing and Recruitment We can work with groups on a whole range of issues around staffing and recruitment, including: Putting a Safer Recruitment Procedure in place Advertising vacancies Taking part in shortlisting…

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Organisational and Governance Support

Organisational and Governance Support Support and advice is offered to management committees, trustees, directors, owners, partners and governors of group childcare settings.  This covers: Help with setting up the appropriate form of…

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Policy Guidance Pack

Policy Guidance Pack The D&S team have created, and continually update and develop, a library of sample policies, procedures and documents which may be used by all group childcare settings to produce…

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Useful Websites

Useful websites ACAS Advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems. BCAP A community accountancy project; the website provides useful, up to date…

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