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.

Our next training programme will be released in late August 2024. Full details of all courses on offer will be distributed to Baby and Toddler Groups and Playgroups in South Lanarkshire and will also be posted on our website.

The following courses will be available to book:

  1. Elementary Food Hygiene
  2. Paediatric First Aid
  3. Basic First Aid Skills for Babies and Children
  4. Mental Health Awareness


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: TBA

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: TBA


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: TBA

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: TBA


Basic First Aid Skills for Babies and Children

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, choking and major illness.

Date: TBA

Time: 10am - 1pm 

Venue:  TBA


Mental Health Awareness

This course is for volunteers and staff members who are looking to have a greater understanding of mental health issues, and who wish to gain confidence and skills in helping promote positive mental well-being in themselves and their colleagues.  

Course Content

Delegates attending this session will:

  • Discuss the general perceptions of mental health issues
  • Consider factors which affect mental health
  • Consider the prevalence of mental health issues.
  • Gain knowledge of the signs, symptoms and management of the most common mental health conditions
  • Recognise common markers relating to signs and symptoms
  • Know how to provide support and where additional help can be accessed

Date:  TBA

Time: 10am - 1.30pm

Venue: TBA






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