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 ONLINE – Thursday 4th February – book now.
Anti-Racism in Play and ChildcareTo be arranged.
 BAND Play & Playwork (Level 2)No course scheduled.
Child ProtectionONLINE – Thursday (Eve) 28th Jan &, 4th, 11th February or IN PERSON –  Thursday 18th March– book now.
Child Protection – RefresherJanuary Course – Full.
Children’s Resilience & Mental HealthONLINE – Tuesday 2nd March – book now.
Craft SkillsTo be arranged.
Creating Positive BehaviourTo be arranged.
Communicating With ConfidenceTo be arranged.
Domestic Abuse AwarenessTo be arranged.
Exploring Gender StereotypingTo be arranged.
Food HygieneTo be arranged.
Finance TrainingTo be arranged.
Female Genital Mutilation AwarenessTo be arranged.
Fire WardenMarch 2021 course full.
Laying the Foundations for Healthy Sexual Development in Early YearsTo be arranged.
LGBTQ+ Visibility To be arranged.
Makaton Level 1 & 2March course – Full.
Makaton Level 3 & 4January course – Full.
Managing MedicineTo be arranged.
Manual HandlingTo be arranged.
MindfulnessTo be arranged.
6 Hour Emergency Paediatric First AidNo course planned.
12 Hour Paediatric First AidLimited Spaces owing to continued restrictions and changes because of Covid,

Thursday 25th & Friday 26th February – St Werburgh’s Community Centre

Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th March – Windmill Hill City farm

Thursday 25th & Friday 26th March – The Greenway Centre

Paediatric First Aid for Working OutdoorsTo be arranged.
Promoting Children’s Positive Body ImageONLINE – Tuesday 26th January – book now.
Safer RecruitmentTuesday 23rd March – book now.
Staff SupervisionTo be arranged.
Staff Resilience and Mental HealthTo be arranged.
Supporting Children (0-5 years) to Eat WellTo be arranged.
Children’s Mental Health – Practical Activities to Help Children Express ThemselvesTo be arranged.

Child Protection training: Bristol Safegaurding Children Board Logo

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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