Early years and childcare workforce

This page contains information specific to early years and childcare workers.

Early years continuing professional development (CPD) programme

Please read our comprehensive programme for details of all our CPD training and events that are run by us and by partner agencies.

Bristol Early Years CPD Programme 2015 to 2016 (pdf, 4.4 MB) (opens new window)

This is not a fully accessible document. If you require  a version in a different format please contact the Early Years Service on 0117 903 1397.

Bristol’s early years and childcare workforce

The early years and childcare workforce includes:

  • Practitioners working in early years and childcare settings (nurseries, pre-schools, children's centres, nursery and reception classes in the maintained and independent sector) in Bristol
  • Childminders (or people considering childminding as a career) working in  Bristol
  • Playworkers working in out of school childcare schemes in Bristol
  • Providers wishing to develop or sustain registered provision in the city

Support for workforce development 

Workforce development training, advice, guidance and support is delivered by the Early Years and Childcare service in partnership with colleagues in the private, public and voluntary sectors in Bristol.

Workforce development: roles and contact information

Below are the details of teams and partner organisations who provide training and support to the early years and childcare workforce:

The teams within Bristol City Council are:

  • Foundation Years Consultant Team
  • Network Lead Teachers
  • Early Years Portage and Inclusion Service
  • Childminding Support Team

Our professional development partners are:

Foundation Years Consultant Team

Who we are:

Foundation Years Consultants - a full list is available in the Continuing Professional Development Programme

What we do:

Support practitioners working with children from birth to the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) across all sectors.

Contact us:

tel: 0117 9031397

Network Lead Teachers

Who we are:

Network Lead Teachers (NLT's) working in Children's Centres with a responsibility for coordinating network training in one area of Bristol:

North: Kate Hubble

South: Matt Caldwell

East/Central: Liz Allen and Lindsey Fuller

What we do:

Together with the Lead Teachers from the Children's Centres, we arrange training and information sharing events for our area. these sessions are offered at a varying times of the day and at a range of locations within the network area. The sessions offered are planned in consultation with settings needs and the priorities of the Foundation Years Consultation Team

Early Years Portage and Inclusion Service

Who we are:

What we do:

The Early Years Inclusion Team provides support, advice, resources and training to settings and childminders delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in the following ways:

  • Modelling inclusive practice
  • Providing city wide and in-house training
  • Making resources
  • Providing a resource library
  • Writing Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)
  • Completing Early Years Special Educational Needs Funding and Annual Review paperwork
  • Supporting transitions into new settings/schools
  • Advising on legislation and requirements in respect of disability equality, the inclusion of disabled children and children with additional/educational needs

The Portage Home Visiting Team delivers an educational home visiting service for early years and preschool children that live in the city of Bristol and who have special educational and/or additional needs. Please see Early years disability services.

Contact us:

Tel: 0117 9031296

Bristol Education Centre, Sheridan Road, Horfield, BS7 0PU.

Childminding Support Team

Who we are

Three Childminding Support Workers and a Childminding Network Coordinator

What we do

  • Recruitment and support through to registration
  • Telephone and email advice to all registered childminders
  • Home visits
  • A training programme
  • Support for The Bristol Standard

Contact us:

tel: 0845 129 7217 (Bristol City Council Customer Support)

email: cmsupport@bristol.gov.uk

Bristol Education Centre, Sheridan Road, Horfield, BS7 0PU

Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare (BAND Ltd)

Who we are

BAND is an umbrella organisation which supports and develops childcare provision in and around Bristol. We provide services to childcare providers, people working with children, families and employers.

What we do

We work in partnership with PEYTU to deliver play, early years and childcare training on a variety of subjects to play/childcare workers, managers/owners and management committee members. This includes briefings/training for new or existing providers on registration and quality requirements, and a comprehensive package of business planning support.

How to contact us:

For information about courses and bookings please:
visit our website: www.bandltd.org.uk
email: admin@bandltd.org.uk
telephone our general information line: 0117 954 2128

New Training Opportunities

Contact the Family Information Service for further information.