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Dr Chandrika Devarakonda, who is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Children’s Services, has written the recently published Promoting Inclusion and Diversity in Early Years Settings: A Professional Guide to Ethnicity, Religion, Culture and Language (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). The book gives insights, case studies and resources to enable anyone working in early years settings to help identify and understand the needs of children from diverse backgrounds and the steps that can be taken to support and extend their learning.

The book explores unconscious bias, blind spots and institutional discrimination that set some children at a disadvantage and it offers strategies for education professionals to support those affected in a positive way.

Chandrika encouraged some of her students to be involved with the project. Master’s in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) student Llinos Edwards, 24, from Wrexham contributed a case study on intersectionality to a chapter and Charlotte Brophy, 30, from Orford, Warrington, who graduated with a first class degree in BA Early Childhood Studies and is  studying Master’s in Social Work, gave invaluable observations and also fed back with comments.

She said: “The feedback from students have been invaluable. Llinos wrote from her own perspective and it was a very interesting and powerful piece and some students gave feedback on the book as a whole.

“Early childhood settings and schools are becoming increasingly diverse and it is important that practitioners, teachers from early childhood settings and schools, families and government work together to enable children to develop the best of their potential in all areas of development.”

To order a copy of the book visit here.



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