Bright Horizons to promote curriculum at EECERA 2022

Caroline Wright and Ann Stubbs will represent Bright Horizons at the upcoming European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Annual Conference

The EECERA Conference, the largest and most significant early years’ research conference in Europe, regularly attracts more than 900 researcher delegates from all over the world. The event is hosted in a different European city each year by a local university or early years network. This year will see the 31st EECERA Conference hosted by the School of Education at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, in partnership with Early Years Scotland and Glasgow Convention Bureau.

Caroline Wright, director of Early Childhood at Bright Horizons, said: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to share our story with colleagues from around Europe. We want to inspire others so that the biggest possible impact is achieved, ensuring that young children develop the resilience they need to thrive in our ever-changing world.

“Over the past 18 months, we have been developing our new child-centred wellbeing curriculum, Bright Beginnings, which is now being used across all of our UK nurseries. Bright Beginningsfocuses on children’s emotional wellbeing as the key to learning, and was designed to acknowledge the importance of giving children a voice and promoting decision making, to grow their confidence, promote their wellbeing and inspire a genuine love for learning. It is based on extensive pedagogical theory and research, and focuses on the significance of the adult’s role as the educator.”

Earlier in the year, Caroline and Ann both presented at the Annual BECERA Conference held online in February and in May at the World Forum on Early Care and Education in Orlando, Florida. Caroline and Ann’s presentation in Glasgow will share the research behind, and tell the story of the creation of the Bright Beginnings Curriculum, whilst celebrating the impact it has had on the children, and how it empowers early childhood educators in Bright Horizons settings in the UK.

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