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#ECSeries: Why is anti-racist practice important in the early years?

As part of the #ECSeries, we welcome Liz Pemberton who will discuss  ‘Why is anti-racist practice important in the early years?’

As children are growing and developing it is our job, as early years educators, to help them form a positive sense of themselves and the people in the world around them.

If we are committed to safeguarding and a duty of care, we need to acknowledge that for some children how they navigate life will be impacted by their racialised identity.  Ignoring the realities of racism is not a helpful approach.

  • How do we ensure that refugee children feel a sense of belonging in our early years settings?
  • What have we learnt based on the research about the impacts of racism for children during their earliest years?
  • What are the most suitable resources that we can use to support anti-racist practice?

In this talk, Liz expands on the reasons why an anti-racist approach is an essential part of early years practice.


Our Presenter

Liz Pemberton (she/her), Director of The Black Nursery Manager Ltd, a training and consultancy company which focuses on anti-racist practice within Early Years. With 16 years in the education sector, Liz’s roles have included Secondary School Teacher (QTS), public speaker and up until 2020, Nursery Manager, allowing her to teach, manage, support and educate Early Years students, practitioners and professionals in a variety of forums.  Her mission is to promote inclusive practice in the Early Years (under 5’s) education sector, with a particular focus on how race, culture and ethnicity should be considered in this practice.

Verity Downing (MEd Open), Early Years Practitioner and Doctoral Researcher.  Verity has worked in various roles throughout the last ten years, from baby rooms to Key Stage 1 classrooms.  She is currently working on her EdD (Doctor of Education) research project titled; ‘Who do you want to be in our game?’: Understanding how gender plays out in the Early Years’, to explore what children know about gender and how these understandings influence them, especially in relation to their social development.  Verity is a a member of the Editorial Board for the Chartered College of Teaching’s Early Childhood Hub, who also writes and peer-review for Impact, the College’s quarterly journal.

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