Dr Yinka Olusoga is a senior lecturer in early childhood education at Leeds Beckett University. There she is course leader of the PGCE primary (ages 3-7) course and a consultant at the Storymakers Company. Her teaching and research interests cover child-initiated play and supporting student teachers in implementing playful, creative pedagogies. Her doctoral work focusses on the historical and current role of discourse in the social construction of childhood and of schooling in the practices of personal and social education. Her work examines themes of power and resistance, and of the performance of social class, gender, race and their intersections.