ECHO: The Voice of Early Childhood

10 October 2015, 9.30 AM - 10 October 2015, 2.00 PM

Sarah Salmon, Matt Caldwell, Dr Rosemary Roberts, Lindsey Fuller and Luci Gorrell Barnes

4.10, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA

‘Girls and Boys Come out to Play’ and 'Physical Play: What are we Missing?'

9:30am for refreshments.

Abstract: This exciting CPD morning showcases innovative research undertaken at Knowle West Children’s Centre & Speedwell Nursery School in Bristol. Sarah Salmon, head teacher and Matt Caldwell, deputy head teacher at Knowle West Children Centre & Nursery School together with their research partner, Dr Rosemary Roberts, will present their whole centre research, which considers the influence of identity and gender on children’s development and learning. Lindsey Fuller, head teacher and Dilly Baldwin, nursery teacher at Speedwell Nursery School together with Luci Gorrell Barnes, their artist in residence, will share their practitioner centred research into key person responses to gender influences on play, with a particular focus on boys and ‘superheros’.


Sarah Salmon has been head teacher at Knowle West Children Centre & Nursery School (KWCC) since October 2011. She has worked in early years education in Bristol for more than twenty five years. Prior to working at KWCC she was an early years adviser for South Gloucestershire Local Authority.

Matt Caldwell is deputy head teacher at KWCC, where he can often be found with his therapy dog, Jake. Matt has worked in Bristol since 2010. He is a specialist leader in education for the Under 3’s as well as network lead teacher for South Bristol.

Dr Rosemary Roberts is an independent consultant and writer. She has worked in nursery, primary and higher education, and the voluntary sector; and was a founder director of Parents Early Education Partnership (PEEP). She has published two books: Self Esteem and Early Learning &Wellbeing from Birth.

Lindsey Fuller has been head teacher at Speedwell Nursery School & Children’s Centre for 4 years. Her passion is supporting creativity to ensure outstanding outcomes for all children particularly the most vulnerable.

Dilly Baldwin, nursery teacher, has led the team over the last year in researching the ability of staff to observe and record cross curricular learning whilst children, particularly boys, engage in physical play.

Luci Gorrell Barnes as artist in residence has worked at the centre for the past 9 years ensuring creativity remains at the heart of practice for children and families. She has worked alongside staff to explore the centre’s research question: Physical play, what are we missing?


Cost: £15 per person

In order to secure your place/s ECHO must receive a booking slip with payment by 7 October 2015. Please see attachment for downloadable booking form which must be returned by post or email. ECHO booking form (PDF, 467kB)

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