The Anti-Bias Award

The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood (3rd Ed) edited by Dr Red Ruby Scarlet has been integral to both quality and equality in early childhood. Since its initial publication in 1995, this book has informed practice across the country – in all types of children’s services, in professional development workshops and programs, and in tertiary training and education courses. Anti-bias approaches have been the cornerstone of numerous teacher-research and practice-based studies undertaken in Australia. These studies are unique because they are teacher-research undertaken by early childhood teachers for early childhood educators and teachers.

While parts of the profession have sustained the use of anti-bias approaches in their practice, the speed at which the field is growing and the ever-changing policy landscape has caused anti-bias approaches to be less familiar to many professionals and less explicit in everyday practice. This award has been designed to encourage educators and teachers from across the field of early childhood to reignite and reengage with anti-bias approaches, as well as to recognise educators for their pedagogical leadership in making anti-bias practices central to the everyday rather than an ‘add on’ to practice.

The Anti-Bias Award has been created in partnership with MultiVerse, Social Justice In Early Childhood, and Early Childhood Australia and is awarded from The Anti-Bias Fund that has contributions from public donations, author royalty donations from the book, and donations from MultiVerse. The Koori Curriculum and Yarn Strong Sista have also generously contributed to the inaugural award.

Contact: Dr Red Ruby Scarlet 0404 852 151

The Information and Application Details for the 2018 round will be available soon.


Social Justice In Early Childhood is a not for profit, politically active organisation working for social justice issues pertaining to the lives of children. It’s members consist of early childhood teachers and educators, consultants, academics, researchers, managers, community people, and those generally interested in the rights of children. Although the group is Sydney based, there are both national and international members. The Social Justice In Early Childhood group hosts an annual conference titled “Throwing the baby out with the bathwater”, as well as other affordable professional development opportunities. Our activist work includes a range of political campaigns. Lobbying across political parties is central to the group’s success.

The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood

This 3rd edition of The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood is a celebration! This edition revisits and builds upon the content from the two previous editions to include research and practice that has shaped early childhood over the past 15 years. The pages of this edition hold the stories of the original editor – Elizabeth Dau along with many of the original contributors. Also nestled in these pages are the stories of over 50 early childhood educators who share their powerful stories of anti-bias curriculum approaches. The content of this book is essential to everyone in the early childhood community as we work together to make children’s lives beautiful and inclusive in pursuit of a fair and equitable world.

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