Learning and Development Team

We offer comprehensive, high-quality training courses to suit the mandatory and essential training requirements of the children’s workforce. The training is open to all staff and practitioners who come under the umbrella of Children’s Services including:

  • schools
  • early years, private, voluntary and independent providers
  • Start Well Centres
  • childminders voluntary, community and faith sector
  • youth, play and sport

The Start Well Service works with the early years workforce and other professionals to ensure the best possible start in life for every child.

Courses available

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, training is now a mix of face to face and online sessions, via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Each of the courses has a flyer to explain the nature of the course, who it is suitable for, and outlines the type of delivery. In addition, all our courses can be delivered to your own organisations – just contact us with your requirements. 

Many of the courses are free - please select the course title that you want for more information.

We have courses available online - including courses from HMRC and the Me Learning platform that has over 130 short courses to suit your needs. Please email wpd-elearning@bolton.gov.uk for more information.

Early Years

You can also find out about sector specific training from the Start Well Service who work with the early years workforce and other professionals, to ensure the best possible start in life for every child.

Mental Health

We are pleased to announce our new Mental Health training program. Please follow the links below to learn more about each course and email   LearningandDevelopment@bolton.gov.uk if you would like to book on any of them.

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day face to face workshop, featuring powerful audio visuals, discussions and simulations.
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing is a one hour introductory workshop that explores the '5 ways to Wellbeing' and introduce the training pathway that will be available for staff to support many aspects of wellbeing and mental health
  • Connect 5 - Making Mental Wellbeing Conversations Work is a three session programme that is created to upskill non mental health staff to understand and address mental health issues within their everyday practice
  • Living Life To The Full (LLTTF) builds on helping people learn how to improve how they feel when they are feeling low or stressed
  • Mental Health Awareness is for anyone interested in developing their awareness of mental health and well-being
  • Mental Health Champions for those who support others, and to gain awareness in recognising signs and symptoms of mental health issues
  • SafeTALK - suicide alertness.
  • What causes well-being to dip will help you to increase well-being in yourself and your co-workers
  • Mental Health First Aid (2 day) - for those who wish to be nominated as a Mental Health First Aider
  • Bet You Can Help Now - Gambling Related Harm (GRH) and the associated issues
  • Women and Problem Gambling - online course
  • Women and Problem Gambling - face to face course
  • LGBT+ Awareness - one day training course
  • MindEd - Mental health support for children and young people. To create your free MindEd account please visit the MindEd website. The three modules are part of the courses entitled 'core content' and are suitable as an introduction/awareness level around mental health in relation to young people:
    • Introduction to the MindEd content
    • Normal psychological development
    • Common problems and first help

Join us for a free 2 hour mindfulness session run by a qualified counsellor: Mindfulness Session Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Mental Health Training Programme - downloadable booklet.

How to become a childminder

Foster Carers

Team Teach - aimed at Bolton Foster Carers

Tax Workshop for Foster Carers

Safeguarding training

The following course is available:


Bolton Safeguarding Children Partnership

Training resources

This is an example of a  training matrix that you can use in your setting, to record staff completion of mandatory training. It is a good way to show staff, and Ofsted where your setting is up to in undertaking both mandatory and CPD training.

A blank template is available for you tailor to your own setting.

First Aid

Emergency First Aid at Work

Health and Safety

Health and Safety - supporting people

HMRC E-learning courses

Courses for advice and guidance from the Inland Revenue: