Meet The Team

Lucy Rae
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Lucy is an experienced early years trainer and consultant, specialising in gender equality and family diversity; physical health and emotional wellbeing in the under 5s and the importance of play and child development. 

Lucy works as an independent consultant providing support, training and quality improvement to settings and schools on equality and inclusion, working to counter the negative impact of stereotyping and unconscious bias on young children’s forming sense of self and others. 

She continues this work as a Specialist Lead in Education for Equalities for Bristol Early Years Teaching School Alliance, helping settings and schools to create a fully inclusive environment. Being a steering group member for Bristol’s Raising Achievement for All group and the Bristol Men in Early Years network, Lucy continues to champion high expectation and opportunity for all.

Working for Children’s Scrapstore, Lucy offers training and support to settings and schools on the importance of open-ended, loose part play for children’s holistic development and fostering the characteristics of effective learning.

Lucy also delivers training, mentoring and supervision for health and early years practitioners for HENRY, a national charity passionate about supporting families to make positive lifestyle changes, creating healthier and happier home environments, and building healthier communities through improved nutrition, emotional wellbeing, parenting skills, breastfeeding, and getting more active.

Lucy is extremely passionate about social justice and striving to expect and ensure the very best for all children. She was commissioned by Stonewall in 2017 to write their guide, ‘Getting Started’.

Marco Giannerini

Coming soon!

Simon Brownhill

My passion for the Early Years was initially fueled by a nursery placement as part of my Initial Teacher Training degree. I have had the privilege of working as a Reception teacher and as a Nursery teacher/Assistant Head Teacher of the Early Years in two schools before moving into Higher Education where I set up and co-co-ordinated the PGCE 3-7 course at the University of Derby for a number of years. I truly believe in the importance of quality Early Years provision for all children, recognising the importance of creative practice to empower the whole child.

Currently, I work as a Lecturer in Education (Teaching and Learning) in the School of
Education, University of Bristol.

Will Purcell

My bandmate told me about a position that had opened up in the nursery where he worked. Beginning work in the nursery unqualified and inexperienced in 2013, I fast realised I loved what I was doing and wanted to learn how to teach children to grow into the best version of themselves that they could. I was accepted onto the Early Years Initial Teacher Status course through Best Practice Network in the 2016-2017 academic year. While doing so I learnt about the importance of child centred pedagogy. I believe it’s of high importance to allow children to explore their world and discover the wonders around them with an equally interested and enthusiastic adult to aid and scaffold their exploration.

I currently work as an Early Years Teacher and Media Lead at Archfield House Nursery & Pre School in Cotham, Bristol, where I have been for my entire Early Years career since 2013.