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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 

Upcoming events

Past events

02 Oct 2021

Bristol & Bath ECHO and Early Education joint online CPD ‘Children’s Creativity: A Quality of Thought’

Speaker(s): Debi Keyte-Hartland

19 Jun 2021

Bristol/ECHO branch event - Music Matters in the Early Years

Speaker(s): Nicola Burke

08 May 2021

Bristol Branch Event - Making Sense of the ‘Reformed’ Early Years Foundation Stage

Speaker(s): Helen Moylett

06 Feb 2021

Bristol/ECHO Branch Event - ‘Building On’ Not ‘Getting Ready For’: Supporting Transitions from the EYFS to KS1

Speaker(s): Julie Fisher

21 Nov 2020

Bristol/Echo branch event: What Do Young Children Have To Say? Recognising their wisdom, agency and need for companionship in a time of crisis.

Speaker(s): Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram