Safe, Inclusive Participative Pedagogy: Improving early childhood education


Lynn McNair


University of Edinburgh

Dr Lynn McNair is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Practice and Froebel / Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Lynn has more than 40 years experience working in early years education and was awarded an OBE for services to Early Education in 2009.

Lynn is a trained Froebelian, attaining her certificate at the Froebel Institute, Roehampton University, London, UK. She is an award-winning author. Lynn was recently awarded a Principal Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy (which she is very proud of).

Lynn would say her passion for egalitarianism, emancipation, democracy and a belief that children are rich, active, resourceful beings came from being a mother to Kurt and Mischa; and what she learned as she observed them playing freely as children. This way of being with children, trusting in them in their abilities and capabilities is where she puts her energy into her work with children today.