About Bristol Early Education Branch and ECHO
ECHO, the Early Childhood Organisation, began in Bristol in 1984 when a group of passionate enthusiasts from a range of professional backgrounds came together to raise the profile of the importance of the earliest years and to broaden access to information, networking and professional development opportunities for everyone working or interested in the sector, including teachers, nursery nurses, academics, health professionals, social workers, childminders and parents/carers. Branches originally opened in Bristol, Worcestershire and Wales and over the past four decades, through a period of intense policy change, the Bristol Branch has continued to champion the sector, promoting multi-disciplinary professional partnerships and complementing the work of Early Education. ECHO is a small voluntary organisation, managed by a committee of dedicated volunteers.
In 2019 the opportunity arose for Early Education and ECHO to work together more formally for the benefit of members of both organisations and a partnership agreement is now in place. Early Education jointly badges ECHO Bristol events, and Early Education members receive a £5 discount on the cost of booking events.
Bristol Branch/ECHO Team
Joint chairs: Prue Willmott and Sally Jaeckle
Treasurer: Stella Harding