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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Mission Statement
The Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network is an ever-evolving network which campaigns for a high-status early childhood graduate profession. We have a commitment to valuing and respecting the diversity of everyone including undergraduates, graduates, academics, and our external partners within the network and making sure that this is put at the heart of our mission and aim of the network.

Full Statement
The Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network is an ever-evolving network which campaigns for a high-status early childhood graduate profession. We have a commitment to valuing and respecting the diversity of everyone including undergraduates, graduates, academics, and our external partners within the network and making sure that this is put at the heart of our mission and aim of the network.

We are aware that inequality exists in society, with far reaching effects on education, health, and life chances. Let us explore how the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network is going to work with our Higher Education Partners to support an agenda within Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion:

  • We will respect the individual characteristics of identity with all people within our network, not just those within minoritized groups.
  • We will uphold everyone’s identity, values and unique funds of knowledge that are built up over time by respecting the practices of everyone’s community.
  • We will challenge and reflect on bias. Continuing to challenge any bias and misconceptions, practices and experiences that requires active listening to current realities.
  • We will continue to be a voice for Social Justice in relation to Early Childhood, Widening Participation and giving a platform for oppressed voices within our network.
  • We will uphold the 9 protected characteristics of the Equality Act of 2010: These are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
  • We will create safe spaces where research, our speakers, student voices can be critiqued and questioned and advocated in areas such as Social Justice, Anti-racism, LGBTQ representation, Queer theory, and Feminism.
  • We will endeavour to make every effort that our committees, speakers, publications, and curriculums will have representation from a diverse range of voices including the most oppressed within our society.

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Dr Sharon Colilles
Advisory member of the executive

Sharon is Senior Lecturer in early childhood education at UWE – Bristol, a Trustee on Froebel Trust Council, and an associate trainer for the Centre for Research in Early Childhood Education (CREC) and British Association for Early Childhood Education (BAECE). Sharon recently worked as project assistant for the development of Birth to Five Matters guidance as well as participating in the review of QAA Benchmark Standards. She is an active member of Early Childhood Education Research Association and CREC learning circle. Sharon’s research is concerned with play based participatory pedagogies and its part in developing children’s mixed ethnic identity learning and development, she also has a deep interest in work that develops anti-oppressive practice.

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