Early Years Lead Teacher school support

Email dated 06.01.2021

Dear Early Years Leaders,

We hope all is well with you and your teams and that you enjoyed the well deserved and much needed Christmas break even if it looked different to usual. We appreciate how challenging it is currently for all those working in schools and early years settings and hope, as I am sure you all do, that the vaccine will provide some light at the end of what has often felt like a very long tunnel.

Lead teachers have had to work differently over the last few months and we know that they are fully committed to continuing to support you in any way they can. We realise that it would not be possible for Lead Teachers to visit schools this term but would still like to provide the opportunity to support you as best we can. We would like to suggest that the 2020-2021 support visit is carried out either by Zoom or by phone and you can discuss with your Lead Teacher which approach would be most suitable for you and your school.

The focus for this support will be to offer a space to reflect on and discuss the ways that you are supporting your children, families and staff through this time and importantly, any priorities that you have identified. We hope that you will use this opportunity to help get the support that you need at this difficult time.

Please find attached the visit note template.

Dates for your diary

We would also like to take this opportunity to share dates for city-wide EYFS leaders meetings for the rest of this academic year:

Tuesday 2nd March via Zoom (link to follow) – 1.15 pm to 2.45  or  4.00pm to 5.30pm                                               

Tuesday June 15th pm –  Location and time TBC

There is no need to book a place but please ensure that your full name appears on the screen when you log in to the zoom session.

Other support available

Please share this email and the attached visit note template with your head teacher.

Thank you for all that you are doing for Bristol’s children and families at this time.

Best wishes and stay safe,

The Early Years Team


Deborah Brown - (General Enquries)
Dawn Butler - (General Enquiries)
Nicola Theobald - (General and Nursery School Enquiries)