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Ethnicity & the early years workforce: A census of staff in maintained nursery schools in England

This date has been changed from the 30 November 2022.

This event will provide an update on the report, and will be critiqued by a respondent. Delegates will also have the opportunity to ask questions throughout.

This study surveyed ethnicity across staff working in maintained nursery schools (MNSs) in England. 

The project aimed to gather a robust quantitative dataset to address the following questions.

  • How does the ethnicity of those working in MNSs reflect (or not) children and families served by MNSs? 
  • How does staff ethnicity intersect with qualification levels? 
  • How does staff ethnicity intersect with job role and leadership responsibilities?

Datasets about race and ethnicity in the early years (EY) workforce have the potential to make realities about the EY workforce more visible, to stimulate dialogues on the experiences of ethnicity groups within the workforce and ultimately to shift policy to develop a more proactive approach to confronting systemic racism in the EY workforce. The report offers a fertile starting point, with the potential to lead to more detailed analyses of ethnicity and the EY workforce.

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11:00 BERA Introduction
11:05 Update of the report
11:35 Respondent
12:05 Q&A
12:25 Summary, thanks and conclude
12:30 Event Close

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Fengling Tang, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Roehampton

I am a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Human Development, School of Education, Froebel College, University of Roehampton. I had worked in schools and further education in China and a nursery school in...


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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...

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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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Magdalena Dujczynski, Mrs

Researcher at Middlesex University

Magdalena Dujczynski is a research assistant at Middlesex University and EYITT supervision tutor at IOE, UCL. Her research interests include multilingualism and culturally relevant leadership in the early years sector.

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Celina Santos Pinto

Postgraduate Student at Middlesex University

Celina Pinto is studying for an MA in Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies at Middlesex University. This interest stemmed from working in early years for over six years, which has transformed Celina’s thinking towards research about...

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