1st Edition

Creating an Anti-Racist Culture in the Early Years An Essential Guide for Practitioners

By Sandra Smidt Copyright 2020
    148 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    148 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    At a time of growing evidence of racism across many countries and cultures, Creating an Anti-Racist Culture in the Early Years will help those working with young children recognise racism, name it for what it is and help their young pupils understand that difference is nothing to be feared.

    Drawing on both personal research and established theory, Smidt includes examples of anti-racist practice from real life and in literature, looks at how racism is acquired and cites examples of people who have spoken or acted against racism through the centuries.

    She emphasises how and why it is essential to develop multicultural education into anti-racist education and why it’s so important to go beyond the mere celebration of differences in cultures. This indispensable resource also addresses:

    • What racism is and why it is so corrosive

    • How to recognise and challenge it in an early years setting
    • How to work with parents and carers to help them reassess their prejudices or unconscious bias
    • How to create an anti-racist curriculum and culture through inclusion, multiculturalism, literature, art and drama.

    Creating an Anti-Racist Culture in the Early Years is an indispensable resource for all early years practitioners and students of early childhood education who believe in creating more equitable opportunities for all of our young children.

    Chapter 1: Let’s talk about … racism.

    Chapter 2: Let’s talk about …bad-mouthing

    Chapter 3: Let’s talk about …leaving someone out or

    ignoring them

    Chapter 4: Let’s talk about …understanding people who are different from


    Chapter 5: Let’s talk about … negative messages

    Chapter 6: Let’s talk about … what a setting can do about


    Chapter 7: Let’s talk about … how to develop an anti-racist


    Chapter 8: Let’s talk about … our heroes.

    Chapter 9: Let’s talk about …. challenging racism in the

    early years


    Sandra Smidt is a writer and consultant in early years education.

    "This book is an essential, if not always easy, read for students and practitioners working in the early years. It is a book that challenges thinking and is worthy of re-reading at intervals to support ongoing reflection on practice. The author succeeds in convincing us of the need to move on from multi-culturalism to anti-racism." - Nicola Smith, Educational Review