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Broadgreen nursery pilots new wellbeing curriculum

A LOCAL nursery has played a key role in piloting an innovative new Early Years curriculum which is now being rolled out across all Bright Horizons nurseries in England.

Bright Horizons Broadgreen Day Nursery and Preschool in Liverpool was one of the pilot nurseries to introduce Bright Beginnings, a new curriculum which focuses on children’s emotional wellbeing as the key to learning.

The curriculum is designed to acknowledge the individual voice and needs of each child to promote confidence, wellbeing and a genuine love for learning. It features “loose parts”, encouraging children to play freely with everyday items, whilst being supervised at all times, to enable them to develop creativity, solve problems and make connections in their learning.

Children are also provided with opportunities to engage in sensory experiences through art by using big paint brushes, paint rollers and floor brooms or mops on a large canvas. This type of activity is essential to develop the muscles in a child’s shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands, in preparation for writing.

Practitioners at the Broadgreen nursery were intensively trained in the Bright Beginnings approach earlier this year as part of the pilot programme. The new curriculum has been so well received by children, parents and nursery staff that it is now being rolled out across more than 300 nurseries nationwide and will be in all Bright Horizons nursery settings in England by September.

Based on extensive pedagogical theory and research, the curriculum involves 33 key aspects, which focuses on the significance of the adult role as educators and acknowledges the development of concepts such as critical thinking and problem solving in addition to developing skills such as mindfulness and caring for self and others.

Stephanie Dickinson, nursery manager at Broadgreen, said: “The Bright Beginnings curriculum has opened a whole new holistic approach to our pedagogical practices. The staff have been empowered to explore so many different ways to inspire children’s minds, create awe and wonder and truly support the individual learning styles of our children. Planning is innovative, exciting and most importantly fun.”

Caroline Wright, Director of Early Childhood for Bright Horizons, said: “At the heart of our approach to developing our new curriculum has been the development of our Early Childhood Philosophy, which puts children at the centre of our practice. I’m grateful to the Broadgreen nursery for their enthusiastic participation in piloting this exciting new approach to Early Years education.”

The Bright Beginnings curriculum comprises five areas of learning which focus on:

  1. Feelings and friendships
  2. Sharing thoughts and ideas
  3. Technical and life skills
  4. Thinking creatively
  5. Exploring and learning about my world

These skills and competencies help prepare children to become confident, secure, and proficient individuals, prepared for the next stage in their learning, whether they are moving rooms within the nursery, or making the big transition to primary school.

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