Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare (BAND)
Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare (BAND)
BAND supports and develops childcare and youth focused groups across the Bristol area - from holiday playschemes and after school clubs to adventure playgrounds and nurseries.
Childcare benefits all of us: parents, carers, employers, communities and most importantly, children. Improving local childcare services provides real advantages for everyone in the community. It comes in many forms – day nurseries, childminders, pre-schools, playgroups, nursery classes, holiday playschemes and out-of-school clubs.
High-quality care improves the life chances of all children – especially disadvantaged children, e. G. Those from poorer homes with fewer opportunities. It boosts children’s learning and gives them the chance to mix with others from a wide variety of backgrounds. Childcare can help to tackle issues of social, geographic and economic isolation, allowing parents to work/train, reducing state benefit dependency, raising families out of poverty and contributing to local economies.
Good quality childcare and early learning is beneficial for kids of all ages. Research shows that it gives young children the best start in life by improving their emotional and social development and furthermore, out of school clubs have proven to have a positive impact on educational attainment. Findings published by the Institute of Education show that children’s achievements in language, reading and numeracy increased in proportion to the number of months they spent in pre-school. At age 5, children who had attended pre-school were between 4-6 months ahead of those who did not attend pre-school. This is particularly relevant for children from disadvantaged areas. Similarly, extended schools for school-aged children, offer activities for children to attend before and after school, as well as in the holidays. These have been successful in improving GCSE results and also have wider benefits, including engagement with learning, family stability and enhanced life chances. The alternative for many of these children would be staying at home alone or on the streets, before or after school or during school holidays, with all of the potential risks this can entail.
Families use childcare for many reasons – to help parents work, look for jobs, train or study, to meet other parents or just take time out and, of course, to help their child’s development. Every family has its own set of circumstances, but everyone can benefit from access to childcare services. Research shows that parents feel less isolated, more valued and more confident in their parenting. They also reported feeling a closer bond with their children who, they felt, were happier, easier to relate to, mixing better and better prepared for learning.
Better childcare has significant effects on the local and national economy allowing more parents / carers and in particular mothers to work. It increases their earnings and in the long-term, their contribution to the country. Investing in quality childcare benefits children, their parents and the wider community. It brings improvements in children’s learning and behaviour, leading to a happier family life – and even a healthier national economy.
BAND ensures that childcare in Bristol is of the highest quality by supporting and developing clubs and childcare staff. Every day we assist groups by: meeting & exceeding quality standards such as those requested by OFSTED; offering information, advice & guidance on a range of subjects from financial management to fundraising & policy-making; supporting voluntary management committees; acting as a networking tool; offering free training courses; & running a free resource library of toys, books & equipment. BAND has a membership of around 180 clubs, these include out of school clubs, holiday playschemes, adventure playgrounds, city farms, disability support agencies, early years groups, nurseries, pre-school childcare, schools, & youth clubs. A dissection of members show that 42% come from disadvantaged areas of Bristol, that 2% of children attending clubs are disabled; 11% are from lone parent families; 49% are girls & 51% are boys; and 15% are from BME groups.
Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare (BAND) aims to:
- BAND aims to have a pivotal role to monitor, feedback & network information to & from groups and relevant sources. We publish a bi-monthly newsletter, produce leaflets, run an up to date website etc
- BAND run free trainings for childcare workers and playwork staff on a range of subjects from child protection and first aid, to fire safety and Makaton. All courses are certificated and/or accredited.
- BAND support and develop groups to reach a high standard through a range of services from offering one to one support to things like policy writing, discounted insurance, and running CRB checks.
- BAND supports groups in making funding applications and offer advice through our newsletter, Funding your Way booklet & through a database of potential funders which is available for groups to access.
- BAND stock a selection of books on a range of subjects relevant to play, childcare & community based groups. We also lend out a selection of equipment and toys from musical instruments to sports gear.
Established: September 1979
Registered Charity Number: 1017307
Board members: 12
Full time staff: 6
Part time staff: 9
Phone number: 0117 9542128
Address: BAND, Proving House, Sevier Street, St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9LBView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website