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.

  • We don’t accept bookings or requests to go on the waiting list for any courses that don’t have scheduled dates listed.
  • Bookings are only accepted on receipt of a completed booking form via email or by post. The booking form can be downloaded here.
  • We no longer require a deposit to book a place.
  • Places are limited to 2 people from a setting, so book early as our courses are very popular.
  • We don’t accept bookings or requests to go on the waiting list for any courses that don’t have scheduled dates listed.
  • If you have a place we will send a confirmation letter with directions to the address given on your booking form, no later than two weeks before the course.
  • If the course is full we will email to let you know straight away.

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

Cancellation and No Show Policy

  • 48 hours’ notice of cancellation is required for all bookings.
  • For cancellations of less than 48 hours and no shows, we will charge a £50 cancellation fee. The setting will receive an invoice for this fee and won’t be able to book on or attend any further courses until the cancellation has been paid. Please note: This includes places that may have already been booked.

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

BAND Play & Playwork Training

This course is an introduction to the key aspects of supporting play opportunities for children and young people 4 to 16 years in a variety of play settings. It provides an understanding of the importance of play in children & young people’s lives and increases knowledge of playwork practice and the role of a playworker. It includes sessions on play theory, health & safety, risk and child protection.

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Manual Handling

Our manual handling of children course is aimed at  staff whose role involves the handling of children. Our course programme employs a variety of teaching techniques to meet the needs of individual…

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Children’s Resilience & Mental Health

This course is run by Chris Calland & Nicky Hutchinson – With over 50 years’ combined experience of supporting children’s emotional well-being, The run an independent consultancy Not Just Behaviour The…

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Female Genital Mutilation Awareness

In 2015 there was a legal duty on all regulated professionals in relation to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) called the Mandatory Reporting Duty. This meant that any professional who signs up to a…

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Managing Medicine

This online course is for staff who need to know how to safely administer medicine or assist children to take their own medication in play and childcare settings. Please Note: This course…

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LGBTQ+ Visibility

This session is being delivered by  Dr Shaddai Tembo Shaddai is a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies (UK and China) at Bath Spa University and an associate lecturer at the Open…

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Exploring Gender Stereotyping

A positive sense of self not only safeguards children but also supports lifelong emotional health and wellbeing. Course content: • How gender stereotyping impacts children’s developing sense of self and others. •…

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Staff Resilience and Mental Health

  This course is suitable for staff and managers of childcare and play settings. Course Content: Increasing knowledge about the effects of stress Exploring what is resilience Practical ways to minimise stress and…

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Designated Safeguarding Lead 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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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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Creating Positive Behaviour in Children (Over 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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Communicating with Confidence

Communicating with confidence is ability to express yourself in clear,  open, honest and appropriately direct way that respects your own and other people’s rights. It is self-enhancing and expressive. This course will…

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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, the basic principles of fire safety and protection, means of escape and evacuation procedures as well as 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 Level 3 & 4

This course enables participants to revise signing skills, stages 1-4, as well as learn additional stages 5-8.

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Makaton Level 1 & 2

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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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

    BAND Level 2 Play and Playwork: “Fabulous trainers with such a wealth of knowledge & experience that they’re happy to share.” Very comprehensive – everything provided.” “Great variety – kept the sessions…

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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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