Early Years Podcast

Inclusive practice in the Early Years

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Meet Podcast Guest: Dr Sharon Colilles

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Dr Sharon Colilles is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Bath Spa University, a Trustee on Froebel Trust Council, Vice Chair on the Executive for Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN) and an associate trainer for Early Education. She has a diverse career background, initially working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), then owning a private day nursery and more recently working as project assistant for the development of Birth to Five Matters non-statutory guidance. More recent work is in the role of advisory panel member for the new Children’s gallery at the National History Museum.  

Sharon’s doctoral research is research is centred around play and how play-based pedagogical approaches facilitate children’s understanding about their mixed-ethnic identity. She also has a deep interest in work that develops anti-oppressive practice.   

In collaboration with TTS 

As a contributor to the TTS Talking Early Years podcast series, Sharon shares what inclusive practice means to her and why she believes it is so important for practitioners to continuously reflect on their own teaching and understanding. Sharon will be offering practical advice to practitioners on creating a safe, inclusive space for learning in the early years and beyond. 

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