The Early Years Black List
Please use this list to connect with Black Early Years colleagues if you are having an event, need a voice or a professional opinion for a working group, academic research, or contribution to an article, for instance.
It’s important to note that our members’ expertise and knowledge is not just in racism and anti-racism; our expertise and knowledge is across the spectrum of Early Years issues, with children from conception to seven.
We have added names to this list in good faith and without prejudice. We haven’t carried out checks or asked for references. We would ask you to use your own systems and processes that you would normally use when engaging individuals to work with you.
We look forward to connecting with you.
Babies care/ 2yr olds/ Early Years Quality / Ofsted Prep for inspection/ Leadership
I have 35 years experience of working with children and families from a diverse background. I am a dynamic, outstanding leader in early years environments, championing for inclusive opportunities for the young.
I began my career working in daycare and progressed to managing Nurseries. I set up and Project Managed the creation of two baby units and a Children’s Centre.
A large proportion of my working life has been supporting and improving outcomes of the under 5’s in a locality of Children’s Centres.
I am a strong trouble shooter resulting in positive outcomes.
Joss Cambridge-Simmons is known as the UK’s leading ‘super manny’. He is the founder of Jossy Care, a leading childcare service, established in 2007. Joss is keen to address the male stereotypes within the childcare sector, as well as raising awareness on male self-care, mental health, wellbeing and love. He is passionate about caring for young children from birth to young adults – he has been called the ‘Baby Whisperer’! He has featured in media and publications including Timeout magazine, The Sun, and Now Chat Show. In 2019 Joss won the Gender category of the National Diversity Awards.
Early years Educator, Consultant, Mentor And Children’s Author.
Jamel C Campbell has been in the industry for over 19 years. Early years is his speciality but he has worked in youth clubs, schools, been a mentor to many and supported children with SEND. Jamel is one of the U.k’s Men in the Early years champions/ ambassadors. He has been featured in the media due to extensive experience and knowledge of the Early years
and quirky but effective practice. He has stood on numerous platforms and prestigious establishments as a Key note speaker.
He has written articles for local newspaper the (Catford Chronicle) and for well know education and Early year’s magazines such as; (Optimus education) TES, Famly, FSF/Tapestry and (Early years well-being) magazine. Jamel has featured on CBeebies “Tiny happy people” as an Early years advisor which has been backed by the Duchess of Cambridge and the Bbc’s
Bitesize giving transition tips to parents and professionals a like. He has collaborated with many well-respected Ey professionals and consultants.
Anne Marie Christian
Child Protection, Safeguarding, Safer Recruitment and Unconscious Bias
Ann Marie Christian is an international child protection consultant and trainer. Social work manager of 12 years with experience of managing a 0-5 team in chikd protection. A LADO and school improvement partner she is familiar with safeguarding and child protection compliance. Contributed articles to Nursery World, PACEY and Kinderley.
Dr Sharon Coliles
Children’s perspectives about their mixed ethnic identity.
Sharon is Senior Lecturer at UWE – Bristol, as well as working as an associate trainer and researcher with a range of early childhood education organisations. Her current roles also include being a Trustee for Froebel Trust, as well as being engaged as an advisory panel member for the review of QAA Benchmarks She has a diverse career background, working initially in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as a policy manager, owning a private day nursery, participating in the review of the Teacher Standards, and more recently working as project assistant for the development of Birth to Five Matters guidance.
Sharon’s research interest and consultancy are particularly concerned with participatory pedagogies and its part in developing children’s ethnic and cultural learning and development through play – especially learning and development informed by child-led perspectives. Sharon also has a deep interest and engages in work that develops anti-oppressive practice.
Children of all ages.
Hello, I’m Lauren. I live in London with my partner and two children (8 yo boy and 1 yo girl).
I’ve worked in childcare for around 13-14 years and for as long as I could remember I’d always wanted to work with children.
I’ve been a nanny for 11 years and I really love and am passionate about my job.
I’m still in contact with every family that I’ve worked with and love that we still have a relationship.
I’ve worked with newborns through to teenagers and only child families as well as multiples.
I also own and co own two other businesses that I run along side Lauren The Nanny - Little People Meals and The Little Rainbow so you could say I’m balancing a lot of plates!
I am a diligent self-starter, continuous learner, always seeking opportunities for growth and development and I relish a challenge. One thing I firmly believe in, is that in the midst of all our accomplishments, we should always find ways to give back to or society / community
I am the Founder of The Childcare Coach which was established in 2012. We provide coaching, training, webinars and workshops in Leadership, Wellbeing, Thriving Mental Health, Conscious Parenting, Practitioner development and early education. My toolbox is filled with an array of dynamic lived experiences that will empower you to personal and professional change.
Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1
Marisa has worked in Early Years for over 20 years and has extensive experience in management and leadership, currently an Assistant Headteacher in a primary school as well as an Early Years Ofsted inspector. Marisa has worked across schools and children centres as well as the private, voluntary, and independent sector,
Early Years Foundation Stage
Tasha is a Former head of school |Women and Girls Transformational Life Coach | Global School Alliance Ambassador |EYFS Specialist| lead primary teacher in KS1| mum of two boys | Designated Safeguarding Officer | ELT Materials writer. With a specialisation in Early Childhood and Psychology, she has more than 18 years of experience in young learner education, starting in pre-primary and primary in Trinidad & Tobago (Caribbean) before specialising in International Curriculums namely The British National curriculum of England and Wales, PYP, Cambridge International Primary Curriculum (IPC). She has lived and worked on 6 continents, working in teaching, teacher training, assessment and educational development. When she is not teaching, coaching or making podcasts, she enjoys spending time with her family playing football, basketball and nature walks.
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
Pauline Foster (she/her) is an Early Years professional, trainer & consultant with over 15 years, expertise in Local Authority Education and SEND. Pauline has extensive personal knowledge around SEND provision and practice and has delivered training to a diverse audience of EY practitioner/professional. Pauline aim’s to provide professional, quality support in order to raise the quality of inclusive pedagogy within early year’s settings across the board. Black History 365 events planner. I plan holistic and comprehensive events, which celebrates Black History, Culture and associated factors year round,
Dr Gill Francis
Child Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
As a Cognitive Psychologist, I research topics like play, genetics, and thinking skills in children with both typical and atypical development. I also work in international development research that supports child development and learning opportunities for marginalized children. I have affiliations with the University of Cambridge, the University of York, Cambridge Assessment, and previously worked as a primary school teacher.
International early years education, neuro diversity and racism
An early educator of over 25 years I have worked extensively in the U.K., and Oman. I have an Master’s with distinction in International approaches to early childhood. I currently work to support early education centres and educators in Ghana and U.K. I have and understanding of neuro divergence and racism from an academic and personal perspectives as a neuro divers, dual heritage, mother of neuro diverse dual heritage young men.
I have been working in education for 2 decades with the vast majority of that time as a Deputy Head within the independent setting. I started my career in EYFS and have returned back into Reception this Year. I have a passion for Diversity Equity and Inclusion and ensuring that all pupils feel valued and looking at interesting ways of developing resources, visitors etc that educate all pupils in the wonderful rich and diverse world that we live in. I love the openness and ease with which pupils within EYFS engage within these conversations.
International early years education, neuro diversity and racism
Laura Henry-Allain MBE, is an expert international award-winning Early Education specialist, consultant, author and scriptwriter. She is the creator of the well-loved CBeebies characters JoJo and Gran Gran and is also the series' associate producer. She is the vice-president of The British Association for Early Childhood Education, and is an educational consultant for several well-known brands as well as children’s media, television and publishing, particularly in the areas of inclusion, racial equality and diversity.
Family support and safeguarding officer
I am passionate about supporting the wellbeing of early years and primary school children. Safeguarding their physical, emotional, educational and environmental wellbeing. I am a listening ear to the children when they are going through a difficult time a safe adult for the children to speak to.
Sleep Consultant and Potty Training Specialist
Shada Lambert also known as Nanny Sharz is a Forbes featured Childcare Expert, International Nanny and Speaker, Parent Coach, Sleep Consultant, Potty Training Specialist, Entrepreneur and Mentor with over 17+ years childcare experience. With her knowledge and experience she uses her platform to educate, inform and challenge the social norms.
Dr Stella Louis
Observations, schemas, supervision and unconscious bias in the observation and assessment process
Stella Louis is a freelance early years’ consultant working with individual nursery settings, parents, nursery schools, local authorities, government departments and charities. She provides training and consultancy and is particularly interested in observation as a tool for building on and supporting learning and teaching. Stella leads a small team of Froebelian traveling tutors.
Dr Yinka Olusoga
Young children’s play, making, storytelling and digital literacies
Yinka taught early years and primary classes in Birmingham, Liverpool and London. She is now Programme Director of the University of Sheffield’s BA (Hons) Education, Culture and Childhood. She researches the history of childhood and play, and the co-construction of physical and digital environments for children’s play and creative engagement.
Liz Pemberton (she/her) is the Director of The Black Nursery Manager Ltd - a training & consultancy company which focuses on anti-racist practice within Early Years. With 16 years in the education sector, Liz’s roles have included Secondary School Teacher (QTS), public speaker and up until recently, Nursery Manager, allowing her to teach, manage, support and educate Early Years students, practitioners and professionals in a variety of forums.
In the past 22 years I’ve held a range of roles in the childcare field internationally. My roles have included Operations Manager, Sole Charge Nanny, Early Years Room Leader and currently CPD Manager for Busy Bees Education and Training.
I am passionate about quality care in early years and aim to share that passion when I am facilitating training sessions so each colleague attending leaves my session with a spark.
I look forward to being part of this group and interacting with other members of it!
Children’s Early Development
Love and Care in Early Childhood
Working in Partnership with Families
Personal reflections on experiences of being Black in a white space (inc making connections to current issues in EYs and beyond)
Over 30 year career in Early Childhood before becoming a University Lecturer (early childhood). Black woman, proud wife, mother and grandmother. Born, brought up and still lives in rural East Sussex (a mostly White Space). Writes and talks about how these things collide and result in personal reflection.
Early years room design & consultancy
Anneka Russell is passionate about Early years, working with Schools and PVI leaders to achieve the best outcomes for children. A former Teacher, Inspector and LA Adviser and recent inventor of an Early years furniture range, the combination of experience in early years and design provide a unique ability to positively impact practice.
Early Years Education, Race. Culture and Identity, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Special Educational Needs and Disability, Leadership and Management, Quality Improvement within an Early Years Practice, Curriculum programme development, Training, Assessment and Moderation on Early years programmes to Post Graduate level
Marcia Tatham is Principal Consultant in Education under her GEM Training and Advisory Service consultancy, providing guidance and advice to the Early Years sector. Marcia’s work within the Early Years sector spans over 30 years in various capacity, working with National Early years Bodies, Local Authorities, Private, Voluntary, and Independent organisation, Further and Higher Education and Training Providers.
Marcia’s drive and passion are to help individuals achieve and reach their potential through effective programmes and support to improve quality through partnership working with various organisations and provisions.
Susan Taylor is the founder and Managing Director of Tailormade Training solutions Limited – a leading Safeguarding Children and Child Protection consultancy that has been supporting organisations to understand their Safeguarding Children obligations since 2009.
Dr Prospera Tedam
Child Safeguarding, Faith based abuse, culturally sensitive practice
Dr Prospera Tedam taught social work at the Open University, University of Northampton and Anglia Ruskin University before joining the Department of Social Wellbeing at the United Arab Emirates University. Prospera’ s research has been around culturally sensitive social work, equality and diversity, anti-oppressive practice, faith-based abuse, the experiences of Black African social work students in practice learning. Her recent book, ‘Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice’ published by Sage introduced the 4D2P Framework for identifying, understanding and disrupting oppression in social work encounters.
Equalities in Early Childhood, including gender and LGBT+ diversity, and racial equality (both with children and the profession).
Shaddai Tembo is a Lecturer at Perth College UHI and a PGR Student at the University of the West of Scotland. Shaddai started off as an early years practitioner and previously directed the Bristol Men in EY Network. He is a trustee for Early Education, co-convenes the SERA EY Network and writes independently at CriticalEarlyYears.org.
Book reviews for Early Years and Primary school educators
Fabia qualified in 2000 with a specialist PGCE in Early Years and Multilingual Primary Classrooms. Along with 12 years’ experience in teaching and educational publishing, she is passionate about diversifying children's literature, and has advocated for use of multi-ethnic texts in schools and EY settings while working in both sectors.
Early Years Technology Specialist and Educator,
NNEB Diploma in Childcare and Education,
BSc (Hons) Information Management & Education Studies
I have been in the childcare sector for over thirty years, including management, and support office roles, Including being an Early Years ICT Co-ordinator.
I have worked in both Early Years Community, Private and SEN settings.
It remains a main goal of my career path, to make a difference and enrich, the lives of all children from all backgrounds.
Diversity and Inclusion, including getting more men into childcare is also at the heart of my existence in Early Years.
Early years education, inclusion, creativity and well-being
PGCE Primary Education/ BA Hons Creative & Performing Arts
I have worked within the education sector ( SEN and Mainstream ) for over 10 years, with 5 years experience as a Primary School Teacher. I have recently completed my training with ‘Tiney Home Nurseries’ and am now a self employed, OFSTED registered Childminder and Early years Practitioner/ Home Nursery Leader.