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A free online event to mark the publication of a new book by
Dr Stella Louis and Hannah Betteridge

Dr Stella Louis (Lead Tutor of the Froebel Trust Short Courses) and Hannah Betteridge will be introducing their new book, 'Let's Talk About Race in the Early Years'.

During this webinar, the authors will share practical guidance - giving educators the tools and techniques to identify and confront discriminatory practices in early years settings and schools.

The webinar will include discussions about:

  • Unravelling bias
  • Why race and representation matters
  • Developing an inclusive learning environment.

This free Froebel Trust webinar is for educators and all those who work with and care for babies and young children. All are welcome.

Tuesday 2 July 2024
7pm to 8pm - via Zoom

Reserve your free ticket now

Please note: Our webinars sell out quickly. Please book early to avoid disappointment. A waiting list will be put in place once all tickets have been reserved for this event.

This webinar will be chaired by Jane Whinnett (Froebel Trust Travelling Tutor). During the event, Stella and Hannah will also be joined by Sharon Imray. Sharon is the owner of Poppies, an early years setting in Scotland. The team of educators at Poppies were awarded a Froebel Trust grant to work with Dr Stella Louis and develop "fair, inclusive and equitable" practice at their setting. Sharon will be sharing experiences and reflections from the project - A Sense of Belonging.

The book

'Let's Talk About Race in the Early Years' is published by Routledge. You can pre-order the book from Routledge and get a 20% discount. Use the code: AFLY02

About the authors

Dr Stella Louis leads the team of Froebel Trust Travelling Tutors. She was named Trainer of the Year at the Nursery World Awards 2023 and was also honoured with the Nursery World Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in early childhood education.She is an early years consultant, trainer and author working with individual early years settings, parents and carers, nursery schools, local authorities, government departments and charities. She is also the author of the Froebel Trust pamphlet Observing young children. Stella has worked both in the United Kingdom and internationally, including South Africa and Australia where she worked with teachers to develop a Froebelian approach to teaching and learning.

Hannah Betteridge is an experienced policy professional and public servant. In both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Hannah primarily focused on uncovering the impact of race, stereotypes, and bias on outcomes for individuals from Black and Asian backgrounds in Britain.

About the Chair and presenters

Jane Whinnett MBE is an associate tutor on the Froebel in Childhood Practice course at the University of Edinburgh and a Froebel Trust Travelling Tutor. She is author of the Froebel Trust pamphlet on Froebel’s Gifts and Block Play Today and co authored Sewing with Young Children. She has published chapters in 'Early Childhood Practice: Froebel Today' (2012) and co-edited the award winning book 'Putting Storytelling at the Heart of Early Childhood Practice' (2020) and 'The Bloomsbury Handbook to Friedrich Froebel' (2023). Jane trained as a primary school teacher, later specialising in early years and went on to become Headteacher at two local authority nursery schools in Edinburgh. In 2019 Jane was awarded an MBE for services to Early Childhood Education.

Sharon Imray is Owner of Poppies Pre School, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She is a graduate of the Froebel in Childhood Practice course from the University of Edinburgh. She has a published chapter in the award-winning book Putting Storytelling at the Heart of Early Childhood Practice, Routledge (2020). In 2022/23 Sharon and the team of educators at Poppies were a awarded a Froebel Trust Grant for their project, A Sense of Belonging - the project looked at how a setting could improve and create working policies on equality, diversity and anti-racism; demonstrating a true commitment to the values of Froebelian practice.