Rachel Maranto

Lead, Early Years

Rachel brings her passion for the early years to her role as Lead, Early Years within the Knowledge for Policy Team.

Before joining the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Rachel took a career break from strategic roles to gain practical experience working with, and learning from, young children. As a Reggio Emilia-inspired Early Childhood Educator in London she became particularly interested in the pedagogical role of the environment and documentation, as well as supporting children with special rights. She enjoyed engaging in reflective and collaborative practice.

Prior to this Rachel gained nearly 15 years’ experience in strategy, policy, research and programme management with an emphasis on early childhood and realising children’s right to education in humanitarian and fragile contexts. Rachel worked for a number of non-profit organisations and held leadership roles at global level and in Afghanistan for Save the Children, leading advocacy campaigns and guiding complex programmes for children. She has a strong interest in equity and the intersection between research, policy and practice.

Rachel holds UK Early Years Teacher Status, an MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a specialisation in peace, human rights and early childhood education, and an LLB in Law.