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 October course full.
Anti-Racism in Play and ChildcareMonday 16th November – book now.
 BAND Play & Playwork (Level 2)No course planned.
Child ProtectionOctober course full.

November course full.

Child Protection – RefresherTo be arranged.
Children’s Resilience & Mental HealthONLINE – Tuesday 24th November – book now.
Craft SkillsTo be arranged.
Creating Positive BehaviourCancelled.
Developing Assertiveness SkillsONLINE – Tuesday 17th November – book now
Domestic Abuse AwarenessTo be arranged.
Exploring Gender StereotypingONLINE – Wednesday 4th November – book now.
Food HygieneDecember Course Full.
Finance TrainingTo be arranged.
Female Genital Mutilation AwarenessTo be arranged.
Fire WardenNovember course full.
Laying the Foundations for Healthy Sexual Development in Early YearsTo be arranged.
LGBTQ+ VisibilityONLINE –  Wednesday 21st October – book now.
Makaton FoundationOctober course full.
Makaton EnhancementMonday’s 11th January- 15th February (6 week course) – book now.
Managing MedicineTo be arranged.
Manual HandlingTo be arranged.
MindfulnessTo be arranged.
6 Hour Emergency Paediatric First AidNo course planned.
12 Hour Paediatric First AidOctober, November & December courses full.
Paediatric First Aid for Working OutdoorsOctober course full.
Promoting Children’s Positive Body ImageTuesday 26th  January – Book now.
Safer RecruitmentPostponed.
Staff SupervisionTo be arranged.
Staff Resilience and Mental HealthOctober course full.
Supporting Children (0-5 years) to Eat WellTo be arranged.
Children’s Mental Health – Practical Activities to Help Chiildren Express ThemselvesNovember course full.

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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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