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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 of offer and/or to book a place on any of the courses please contact Wendy McPhillie by email at spell.org@btopenworld.com or phone 01698 768944.

The following courses are available to book:

  1. Introduction to Makaton
  2. Emergency First Aid for Parents & Carers
  3. Introduction to Child Protection

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

Introduction to Makaton

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help children and adults to communicate. Signs are used, with speech, in spoken word order.  This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying.  Using signs can help children and adults who have no speech or whose speech is unclear.

This 2 hour taster session gives a general insight into what Makaton is and who uses it.  During this fun, interactive session participants learn approximately 30 signs and symbols that are used in everyday communication.  

Date:Thursday 27th October 2022

Time: 10am - 12pm

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


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 29th October 2022 

Time: 10am - 1pm 

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

Course 2

Date: Saturday 12th November 2022

Date: 10am - 1pm

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


Introduction to Child Protection

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Identify what is meant by child abuse and keeping children safe.
  • Describe the different types, signs and indicators of abuse and neglect.
  • Understand how to respond to concerns about the safety and welfare of children and know who to report to.
  • Understand what the process is for reporting your concerns and recording your observations.
  • Identify the relevant legislation and guidance that provides the framework for protecting children in Scotland.

Date:Tuesday 29th November & Wednesday 30th November 2022

Time: 1pm - 4.30pm

Venue: Virtual, held over Zoom.


SPELL also provide a free training programme for playgroups and nurseries in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council.  For more details about this training programme please contact Wendy McPhillie by email at training.spell@gmail.com or phone 01698 768944

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