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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

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Nikki Fairchild, Dr

Associate Professor in Creative Methodologies and Education at University of Portsmouth

Nikki Fairchild is an Associate Professor in Creative Methodologies and Education in the School of Education' Languages and Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth. Her teaching and research explore professionalism, leadership, pedagogy and...

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Louise Kay, Dr

Lecturer at 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...

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Mona Sakr, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at 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...

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Shaddai Tembo, Dr

Lecturer at Bath Spa University

Dr Shaddai Tembo is a lecturer in early childhood studies (UK and China) at Bath Spa University and an associate lecturer at the Open University. He is a trustee for the Fatherhood Institute and an independent speaker, trainer and consultant...