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The Inclusive Classroom: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Early Years


About This Course

This course is designed for early years practitioners and educators to learn how to create spaces that value, honour and celebrate diverse expressions of gender and sexuality in early years, but most importantly to know how we can support children to navigate through their world as happy, confident and peaceful beings. We will provide practical suggestions, as well as personal stories and reflections of the importance of discussing gender and sexuality in early childhood and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can belong.

Please note this course is staffed and running from Autumn 2020 for three weeks. However you can access the course any time after this and complete in your own time. You will have a minimum of one month access to this course, depending on when you start.

What You'll Learn

This course will cover: Terminology and understanding of the importance gender and sexuality in early years; How to set up an inclusive classroom; Supporting and talking to families; Listening and talking to Children about gender and sexuality.


There are no requirements to take this course, just an interest in education and inclusivity.

Course Staff

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Hannah Baynham

Hannah Baynham (she/her/hers) is an Academic tutor and Montessori teacher educator at Montessori Centre International in London. She has had the privileged of working in Montessori schools around the world and is passionate about education and social justice.

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Sid Mohandas

Sid Mohandas (he/him/his) is a early childhood Montessori educator and teacher trainer, who is currently doing his doctorate at Middlesex University investigating gender in Montessori spaces using feminist 'new' materialist theories. Sid is the founder of The Male Montessorian and Montistory platforms. He is also a guest lecturer for the Master's program module Interrogating Policy and Practice for Social Justice at Middlesex University.

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Terri Hennessy

Terri Hennessy (she/her/hers) is an AMS certified early childhood educator, as well as a Montessori teacher trainer and consultant. Currently, she teaches at Philly Montessori in Philadelphia, PA, USA. She and Sara Bloomberg have together created a curriculum to promote gender inclusion in schools and have founded Protea Montessori Consultants to help other schools and teachers do this work. Her passion is supporting queer youth and helping others do the same.

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Sara Bloomberg

Sara Bloomberg (they/them) MA Ed is AMS certified in Early Childhood and is head of Orange Tree Montessori Play Group in St Augustine, Florida. Sara is a Teacher Trainer at Duhovkha Montessori Teacher Education Program. Sara is the Chair of the AMS LGBTQIA+ Affinity group. Sara was the head of the Early Childhood Division at the St Augustine Public Montessori School and was the founding Director at Battery Park Montessori in New York. Sara and Terri founded Protea Montessori Consultants and together they collaborate with educators and parents to help them support and guide LGBTQIA+ children and teachers in the Early Childhood and Lower Elementary years.

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Tags: Free, MOOC, Inclusive, Gender, Sexuality, Practitioners, Families, diversity, values, equality