Dr Stella Louis and Hannah Betteridge on Helping children by understanding our own bias

Dr. Stella Louis and Hannah Betteridge unpack the impact of unconscious bias in early years settings. Learn to recognise affinity, confirmation, and attribution biases, make your practice more inclusive, and have constructive conversations about bias.
· June 21, 2024

Dr Stella Louis is a freelance early years consultant, trainer and author working with all forms of Early Years settings as well as parents, government departments and charities. She is particularly interested in observation and its part in developing learning, especially through children’s schemas.

Stella has worked both in the United Kingdom and internationally, in South Africa, where she worked with teachers to develop a Froebelian approach to teaching and learning.

Hannah Betteridge is an experienced policy professional and public servant. In both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Hannah primarily focused on uncovering the impact of race, stereotypes and bias on outcomes for individuals from Black, Asian and Ethnicity Minority backgrounds in Britain. She is the co-author of ‘Let’s Talk About Bias in the Early Years’ and ‘Unconscious bias in the Observation, Assessment and Planning Process’. She is also in the process of having her first book published, which she has co-authored with Dr Stella Louis.

In this insightful session, Dr. Louis and Hannah shed light on the often hidden influence of unconscious bias in early years practice. They provide practical strategies for recognising and mitigating these biases, ensuring a more inclusive and equitable learning environment for all children. Prepare to have your eyes opened to the subtle ways bias can creep into observations, assessments, and planning processes.

In this session you’ll:

  • Gain a clear understanding of what unconscious bias is and how it develops from our experiences, cultures, and beliefs.
  • Discover eye-opening examples of affinity bias, confirmation bias, and attribution bias in action within early years settings.
  • Learn practical tips for making your setting more inclusive, from diversifying book collections to involving parents in creating a welcoming environment.
  • Explore effective ways to have open and constructive conversations about bias with colleagues, children, and families.
  • Understand the profound impact unconscious bias can have on children’s life chances and the importance of addressing it as practitioners.

Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to reflect on your own biases and gain the tools to create a truly inclusive learning environment – tune in now!

This episode was originally broadcast on the 19th February 2021.

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Their book ‘Let’s Talk About Race in the Early Years’ has just been published by Routledge. This book gives practitioners the language and tools they need to create an environment where all children can shine and is essential reading for all early years professionals.

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