Dr Valerie Daniel – Equality in the Early Years, Getting it Right

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Dr Valerie Daniel - Equality in the Early Years, Getting it Right

#TeamEarlyChildhood Podcast-  I am interviewing Dr Valerie Daniel


‘Valerie is an educator who is passionate about Early Years pedagogy and she has 30 years experience of working in schools both in Jamaica and here in England. Valerie is based in Birmingham where she is currently a headteacher of a Maintained Nursery School. Over the years Valerie has worked mainly in Reception and Nursery classes as an Early Years specialist but she has also worked across the entire primary phase both in Birmingham and in London where she lived for 15 years before relocating. Valerie has done a number of years working with a wider Early Years remit as a Children’s Centre teacher before becoming a headteacher in a Nursery School which was also a Children’s Centre. During this time she developed a passion for working with socio-economic issues and social injustice. One of the things she is most proud of is her development of a Community Cohesion Strategy which was quite effective for her 13 years as a Children’s Centre Leader. Valerie’s other roles include bring a trained Systems Leader and a School Improvement Partner for Primary Schools and Academies and also as a trained artist a role as creative director/artist using the mediums of art, design and creative expression to augment learning in children. Valerie has also written a practical guide for the EYS entitled ‘Learning through Play’. Valerie received her doctorate for a thesis entitled ‘The Perceptions of a Leadership Crisis in the Early Years Sector’. This research fostered a deep interest in the dynamics of how crisis situations develop and how to effect change in these circumstances. She proposes that the current Black Lives Matter protests and all issues of oppression and discrimination have the hallmarks of a crisis situation that has deep roots in deeply dysfunctional public systems that do not value people equally, and rely on a divided nation remaining divided. Valerie is divorced with two sons aged 25 and 23 years and a 3 year old granddaughter who is her motivator for a fairer and more equitable society. She proudly sits on this group as an ally of the LGBTQ community and a fierce anti-oppression advocate’

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