Early Years Workforce- Recruitment and Retention

The Bristol Early Years Recruitment and Retention Forum continues to meet termly and has been working hard, often behind the scenes, with local and national partners to offer practical support and to represent the challenges faced by the sector here to local, regional and national policy makers. The group has over 20 representatives from every sector of the Early Years community in Bristol as well as local colleges and universities and WECA (West of England Combined Authority).  


The Forum’s key tasks and achievements of the last year include:  

  • Meetings with DfE Early Years Recruitment and Policy Units  
  • Mapping and exploration of qualifications and career pathways with local and regional Employment & Skills teams and DWP 
  • Representation at the Southwest EY Recruitment group 
  • Representation at the Bristol Women’s Commission debate on EY & childcare  
  • Councillor Asher Craig  Speaking to the APPG Childcare and Early Education earlier this year. 


The Bristol Forum will be focussed across the coming year with supporting our sector with the challenges of the government’s proposed expansion of early years education and childcare expansion funded hours.  If you are interested in supporting the Bristol EY Recruitment and Retention Forum with its vital work in any way please contact Kate Irvine, kate.irvine@bristol.gov.uk

To support the sector with the challenges in early years, more than 30 organisations have come together to form the Early Education and Childcare Coalition. This new collaboration includes leading early years organisations as well national charities, unions, business, policy and research groups. The Coalition’s stated aim is to, ‘unite in the belief that real and lasting change can only be achieved through the focused and collaborative efforts of everyone with a stake in the future of early education’.

The Early Education and Childcare Coalition has produced two videos which portray the challenges of the sector well. Both the shorter and longer one, are well worth a watch, and can be shared with families and all stakeholders. The longer video offers a compelling narrative about the importance of early education, quality, how it impacts on inequalities and disadvantage, as well as addressing pay and funding in good detail.

The videos can be found below…


Nicola Theobald – (General and Nursery School Enquiries)

Deborah Brown – (General Enquiries)

Dawn Butler – (General Enquiries)

Website by Passion Fruit | All content © Bristol Early Years 2022 | Privacy Policy |  Cookies Notice