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Ethnicity and the Early Years Workforce in Maintained Nursery Schools across England

In this webinar, we will present findings from the BERA-funded project ‘Ethnicity and the Early Years Workforce: A Census of Maintained Nursery Schools in England’. The project has examined how staff ethnicity reflects (or not) the children served by nursery schools, as well as how staff ethnicity intersects with qualification levels and leadership responsibilities.

The quantitative data will be elucidated through the qualitative research of Shaddai Tembo, which emphasises the need to make Black educator identity more visible in early years education. Looking at the experiences of Black Early Years educators through the lens of critical race theory highlights how ethnicity is a key aspect of lived experiences of working in the sector, and the continued silencing of dialogues about race and ethnicity in Early Years.


4:00 BERA Introduction 
4:05 Chair welcome and introductions 
Nikki Fairchild, University of Portsmouth & Louise Kay, University of Sheffield
4:10 Ethnicity and the Early Years Workforce
Mona Sakr , Middlesex University & Shaddai Tembo, Lecturer at Perth College UHI & Open University
4:40 Question & Answer
5:00 Event Close

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Chairs & Speakers

Nikki Fairchild

University of Portsmouth

Nikki Fairchild is the associate head (research and innovation) in the School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. Her teaching and research explore professionalism, leadership, pedagogy and practice in early child...

Louise Kay

University of Sheffield

Louise Kay is a lecturer in early childhood in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. She is a qualified teacher and has worked across all three primary key stages, with the majority of her career spent teaching in the early...

Mona Sakr, Doctor

Middlesex University

Dr Mona Sakr is Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood. As a researcher in Early Years (EY) provision, she has published extensively on creative, digital and playful pedagogies. Mona's current research is an exploration of pedagogical,...

Shaddai Tembo

Lecturer at Perth College UHI & Open University

Shaddai Tembo is a lecturer in early education and childhood practice at Perth College UHI, an associate lecturer at the Open University, and a postgraduate research student at the University of the West of Scotland. He is a trustee for Early...