SERA Connects: Racism and Wellbeing in the Early Years, hosted by the SERA Early Years network

The focus for this session is ‘Racism and Wellbeing in the Early Years‘ with guest speakers Liz Pemberton and Jamel Campbell. This event takes place online on Wednesday 24 Feb 2021, 4-5pm.

Register by using this link on Eventbrite.

Presentation info:

This presentation will consider how the impact of living through the pandemic of COVID-19 and racism has affected the emotional wellbeing of children, families and practitioners in minoritised groups.

We will explore how the culture of our EY spaces enable and foster an anti-racist approach particularly during this time with regards to interactions, language and resources.

This event will last for an hour, with a 35 minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions and take part in the discussion following their presentation.

Speaker Bios:

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.Her mission is to promote inclusive practice in the Early Years (under 5’s) education sector, with a particular focus on how race, culture and ethnicity should be considered in this practice. During her career, Liz has developed a fantastic network of likeminded practitioners and professionals, broadening her focus from Nursery Management to sharing her expertise through media.Not letting the current circumstances get in her way, more recently, Liz has been creating content on her Instagram page, delivering webinars, guesting on podcasts and livestreams to promote this best practice, as she knows this is important and urgent work that we all need to do.

Jamel C Campbell is an Early year Educator, Ey Consultant and aspiring Children’s Author. He 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; St Mary’s University, University of East london, Bath University to name a few. 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.

Jamel is passionate about the early years, he stresses the importance of having men in the early years and the importance of having a balanced diverse inclusive work force, curriculum and pedagogy. He has partnered with MITEY (Men in the Early years) which is associated with the Fatherhood Institute and has assisted L.E.Y.F with Extensive research About the effect of having as part of the Early years workforce.

He offers 4 training workshops for EY teams and settings based around approaches to Practice, representation and staff wellbeing

Please note that this event is being recorded. Please only purchase a ticket if you plan to attend, otherwise we encourage you to watch the recording back when available.

A Zoom link will be sent out closer to the date. Attendees are welcome to join from 3:45 for a 4pm start..

We look forward to welcoming you 🙂

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