The Bristol Baby Rights

The Bristol Baby Rights Journey

In 2017 a working party made up of early years practitioners, teachers and members of Bristol’s Early Years Team met to discuss findings from a research project carried out in baby rooms in private nurseries across Bristol. The project involved interviews with Baby Room leaders and observations of Baby Room practice and inspired the team to bring together what they felt was their ‘image of the baby’ and discussions around what the rights of babies in day care settings might be.

Early findings and the emerging Baby rights were shared at the 9th Baby Room Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University and were shared in an article in Nursery World.

You can hear an audio recording of the presentation here.

The journey continued as we ran consultations  with other Baby room practitioners, Childminders, Lead Teachers and Early Years consultants. The Baby Rights have informed the development of Bristol’s Baby Practitioner Network, our CPD programme, and have been revisited in light of the experience of babies and young families during lockdown. 

Reports such as Building Back Better have highlighted the importance of  babies right ‘to have advocates’ and we aim for Bristol’s Baby Rights to provoke and inform conversations and welcome your feedback as the journey continues.


Nicola Theobald, Lead for Early Years Partnerships

Kate Hubble, Early Years Improvement Officer

Kate Irvine, Early Years Improvement Officer, Early Years Consultant

Nicky Bale, Early Years Consultant

Beth Osborne, Early Years Consultant

Ali Carrington, Early Years Consultant

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