We – Jamel, Joss, Laura and Liz – would like to thank you for visiting and offer a big welcome to The Early Years Black List website.
This website has come about as a result of many conversations around the lack of Black voices within the Early Years community – for round-table discussions, conferences, contribution to research, etc.
We put together this list for event organisers and those in the media, television and publishing who are looking to highlight diverse and authentic voices. All of our colleagues on the list have a wide range of expertise and knowledge of Early Years education, care, health and social work and can speak not only about issues that affect their community but also about being Black and working in the Early Years sector. You name the topic and there is a colleague on the list who has the expertise and knowledge.
Initially, we were going to create one document with names, however, we felt that we needed more than this. This website is a work in progress and we welcome recommendations and additions.
Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020 and the emergence into the public consciousness of Black Lives Matter, there was an increased interest in all things Black. Many individuals and organisations used the black square on their socials, some used the Black Lives Matter hashtag, some began their journey in allyship. Others didn’t do anything, while some started and then stopped. Even so, we feel that as individuals whose heritage is rooted within the African and Caribbean diaspora we are becoming more and more acutely aware that within the Early Years sector our voices are still not represented equally. As a group of solution-driven people, we felt we could do something about this, hence, The Early Years Black List.
Black Early Years colleagues appear on this list irrespective of their role, responsibility or job title. We have colleagues who are academics, teachers, trainers, assistants; we don’t discriminate against anybody based on their career. We acknowledge and understand that the term Black is one that has had many evolutions and it’s politicisation has encompassed many different people’s racialised identities across the diaspora. For the purposes of the Early Years Black List we want to be explicit in how we intend it to be understood and to this end we use this term to welcome colleagues who identify any part of their heritage as being rooted in Africa and/or the Caribbean. It is important to us that we get the full spectrum of diasporic representation in our mission to amplify the rich tapestry of Black voices.
We know that the specific forms of anti-Black racism that impact Black people must be acknowledged and not erased by the use of umbrella terms such as BAME. This is not a BAME list that allows for the lack of nuance and intersectional understanding of how Black African and Caribbean heritage people are directly discriminated against.
We must also make clear that our positionality with regards to allyship to other racially minortised communities is that we stand with and support ALL of our racially minoritised brothers and sisters and do not tolerate any forms of racism. We will always amplify and advocate for other racially marginalised groups.
If you would like to join the list and/or know other Black colleagues who you would like to recommend, please ask them to email: