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 Name Course Status
Designated Safeguarding Lead Training  To be arranged.
Anti-Racism in Play and Childcare To be arranged.
 BAND Play & Playwork (Level 2) November start date, 10 session course. Click on course for more info.
Child Protection November & December courses full
Child Protection – Refresher To be arranged
Children’s Resilience & Mental Health To be arranged
Craft Skills To be arranged
Creating Positive Behaviour To be arranged.
Communicating With Confidence To be arranged.
Domestic Abuse Awareness To be arranged
Empowering Children to Keep Themselves Safe To be arranged
Exploring Gender Stereotyping To be arranged.
Food Hygiene To be arranged.
Finance Training To be arranged
Female Genital Mutilation Awareness To be arranged.
Fire Warden To be arranged
Laying the Foundations for Healthy Sexual Development in Early Years To be arranged.
LGBTQ+ Visibility To be arranged
Makaton Level 1 & 2 To be arranged.
Makaton Level 3 & 4 6th, 13th, 20th Nov & 4th December (4 week course) at BAND
Managing Medicine To be arranged.
Manual Handling To be arranged.
6 Hour Emergency Paediatric First Aid No course planned
12 Hour Paediatric First Aid November & December courses full
Paediatric First Aid for Working Outdoors November course full
Promoting Children’s Positive Body Image To be arranged
Safer Recruitment 29th November at BAND.
Staff Supervision To be arranged
Staff Resilience and Mental Health To be arranged.
Supporting Children (0-5 years) to Eat Well To be arranged.
Children’s Mental Health – Practical Activities to Help Children Express Themselves To be arranged.


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 Bristol City Councils’ Early Years & Childcare Service currently funds part of BAND’s…

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