Training Programme for the Voluntary Sector

SPELL's training programme for the voluntary sector is available to all childcare staff and volunteers working in playgroups and baby and toddler groups in South Lanarkshire.   Parents and carers who live in South Lanarkshire are also able to attend these courses. All courses are free of charge.  For more information about the training on offer and/or to book a place on any of the courses please contact Wendy McPhillie by email at or phone 01698 768944.

The following courses are available to book:

  1. Elementary Food Hygiene
  2. Paediatric First Aid
  3. Emergency First Aid for Parents & Carers
  4. Introduction to Makaton
  5. Introduction to Outdoor Play

Please see below for more information regarding dates, times, venues and course descriptions.


Elementary Food Hygiene

The Elementary Food Hygiene certificate is a first level Qualification in Food Hygiene.   This course is suitable for childcare practitioners and adults running toddler groups.  Attendance at the course and passing a subsequent assessment leads to a recognised qualification and certificate.


  • Introduction to food hygiene.
  • Bacteria and their characteristics.
  • Food poisoning and its prevention.
  • Food pests and their control.
  • Personal hygiene and working habits.
  • The working environment and cleaning practices.
  • Food Safety Legislation.

Date: Wednesday 13th September 2023

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: Virtual - ZOOM


Paediatric First Aid 

This course is approved by the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB).  This training is suitable for any person caring for or working with children.

Core Learning: Administer first aid to an infant/child who is /requires:

  • Unconscious
  • Seizure including febrile convulsion
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) & AED
  • Choking
  • Wounded and bleeding
  • Suffering from shock
  • Appropriate first aid for minor injuries including minor cuts, grazes, bruises, small splinters, minor burns and scalds
  • Resuscitation (Adult, Child and Baby)

In addition, discussion of specific work related injuries/illness to include topics such as :

  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Fractures
  • Childhood illness
  • Head injuries
  • Poisons, Extremes of body temperature
  • Medication and dealing with an unwell child

Delegates are continually assessed throughout the course to ensure learning outcomes have been achieved. Successful delegates will receive an accredited certificate (FAIB) which is valid for three years. 

Date: Monday 9th October 2023 

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: Uddingston Cricket & Sports Club, Castle Avenue, Uddingston, G71 7HG


Emergency First Aid for Parents & Carers

This course is suitable for all parents, grandparents and other family members who wish to learn basic first aid procedures for babies and children.  Key topics include: CPR for children and babies, recovery position, wounds and bleeding, sprains and strains, fractures, choking and major illness.

Course 1

Date: Saturday 28th October 2023 

Time: 10am - 1pm 

Venue:  The Village Centre, 12 Maxwell Drive, East Mains, East Kilbride, G74 4HG

Course 2

Date: Saturday 11th November 2023

Time: 10am - 1pm

Venue: Burnbank Community Centre, 76 Burnbank Centre, Burnbank, Hamilton, ML3 0NA


Introduction to Makaton

This certified course provides a practical, fun and informative workshop in which participants learn:

  • What it might feel like not to be able to speak and be understood.
  • What Makaton is.
  • Where the signs come from?
  • How to use these signs when speaking to others.
  • How to read the signs that other people might be using to communicate to them.
  • Possible uses of symbols to help communicate.
  • Information on how to implement Makaton and personalise it for each
  • individual user.

In the Level 1 workshop participants learn - Stages 1 and 2 and 1/2 the additional vocabulary, approximately 137 signs / symbols.

Each participant receives a manual which includes PowerPoint presentations, other reading about Makaton and probably most importantly the line drawings of the signs and symbols taught. Each person also receives a certificate of attendance.

Date: Thursday 5th October  2023 

Time: 10am -12pm

Venue: Burnbank Community Centre, 76 Burnbank Centre, Burnbank, Hamilton, ML3 0NA


Introduction to Outdoor Play

This course looks at how to start off taking young people outdoors for Outdoor Play, Learning and Education. We will cover risk assessment of your site and activities, and demonstrate options of how a site might be set-up, to give you practical ideas to take back and amend for your own setting.

Date: Tuesday 7th November 2023

Time: 10am - 12pm

Venue: South Haugh, Hamilton, ML3 7DA



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