EARLY YEARS LEADERS

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Centrally-based and system-based Early Years Leaders work collaboratively to shape the strategic direction of the Early Years Service and to plan, implement and quality-assure improvement across the sector.

Nursery Headteachers and Children's Centres Leaders

Early Years Leaders in Schools

SLEs team

Local Authority Team

Nicola Theobald

Nicola Theobald

Early Years Improvement Officer

Helen Williams

Helen Williams

Training and Development Officer

Nicky Bale

Nicky Bale

Foundation Years Bristol Standard Consultant

Smiljana Pearce

Smiljana Pearce

Foundation Years Consultant Assessment and Transition

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Helen has worked for the Early Years Service in Bristol for over 16 years mainly supporting initiatives related to workforce development and quality improvement, including coordinating applications for the ‘Quality Supplement’.

Helen has been part of the Bristol Standard Quality Improvement Team for over 3 years and is responsible for the coordination of efficient and effective processes and systems. This includes maintaining a database of Bristol Standard submissions and outcomes; the development of Alfresco for web based submissions and document storage; supporting the team of external Bristol Standard mentors regarding payment, setting updates and alfresco support.

Helen also coordinates professional development opportunities for practitioners in the foundation years in schools and early years settings offered on behalf of the early years improvement team.

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I am the Foundation Years Consultant for South Bristol. My teaching experience has been in mainstream nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1. I have also worked as a lead teacher in a children’s centre as part of my consultant role. I have responsibility for leading the Bristol Standard here in Bristol and co-ordinating the involvement of the six other local authorities that form the Bristol Standard Family. I used this Quality Improvement framework when I was teaching and believe it is transformational in bringing teams together as reflective communities and also improving quality.

My main passion is outdoor learning for young children and I enjoy supporting settings as they develop their outdoor spaces. I completed a Masters degree recently and the research focused on adults attitudes to outdoor play and learning.

I am a Learning Ambassador for Bristol and firmly believe that it is never too late to learn something new. I think I have proved this myself by taking lessons and learning to swim over the last year!

Smiljana Pearce

Beth Osborne

Foundation Years Consultant
Birth to Three

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Kate Hubble

Foundation Years Consultant

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I am the Foundation Years Consultant for 2 Year Olds in Bristol. My Teaching experience has been in independent , primary, nursery schools and children centres. I have also been a lead teacher, Foundation Stage Leader, Head of Nursery and deputy head teacher. My passion is from birth to 3 and I have recently achieved a PGCE in this area.

I am a Foundation Stage Profile Moderator and work as part of the Bristol Standard team as part of the development group,  mentor and validator.

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Kate is the Interim Foundation Stage Consultant for North Bristol. She liaises closely with Lead Teachers and SLEs to support quality improvement across the area through working in partnership with schools, PVI settings and childminders. Kate taught in both mainstream and special school settings for 15 years before working as a specialist teacher within the Local Authority Early Years Inclusion Team for 9 years. In 2012, Kate became the Lead Teacher at Filton Avenue Nursery School and Children’s Centre where she works closely with the 2-year-old team as well as with local early years settings. Kate is the Network Lead Teacher for the North of Bristol and works with a group of inspirational Lead Teachers to plan and deliver free CPD opportunities for settings in the North area. Kate is also a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) with a SEND specialism and led the working groups that wrote both the Differentiated Early Years Outcomes (DEYO) and The Bristol Characteristics of Effective Learning materials. She is a regional Makaton tutor, an Early Years Moderator and a Bristol Standard Validator.

Lead Teachers

Lead teachers are qualified, experienced early years teachers who are an integral part of Bristol’s early years system leadership approach, leading improvement in the quality of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provision and practice in their own children’s centres and in early years settings in their reach areas. Lead teachers contribute to improving outcomes for children and families and to reducing inequalities.

They work with parents/carers, professionals and agencies to reduce disadvantage and narrow the gap in children’s achievement.

Lead teachers work in partnership with Bristol’s Foundation Years Consultant and Childminding teams to secure consistent support and guidance across the city. Their support is informed by an analysis of Bristol’s data and strategic priorities. Together with Bristol’s Early Years Inclusion team, they contribute to an inclusive service ensuring equity for all children and families.

They contribute to the professional development of early years practitioners in private, voluntary and independent (PVI) settings, nursery classes, reception classes, nursery schools, and childminders through advice, coaching and mentoring and provision for continuing professional development (CPD) in locality networks to meet the needs of practitioners.

East/Central Bristol

Ali Carrington

Ali Carrington

Rachel Pirie

Rachel Pirie

Joanne Franklin

 Joanne Franklin

Joanne Morgan

Joanne Morgan

Jane Francis

Jane Francis

Zoe Breen

Zoe Breen

North Bristol

Kate Irvine

Kate Irvine

Theresa Mitchell

Terri Mitchell

Rosie McCallum-Faraday

Rosie McCallum-Faraday

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Amy Whitworth

Amy Whitworth

South Bristol

Pippa Hawkins

Pippa Hawkins

Sarah Wardle

Sarah Wardle

Gill Mott

Gill Mott

Melissa Watkins

Melissa Watkins

Hugo Turvey

Hugo Turvey