Children from Bright Horizons Livingston Early Learning and Childcare Nursery situated in Murieston, West Lothian, have celebrated the opening of their art exhibition as part of the Voices of Children International Project organised by the BrightStart Foundation in Geneva.
The project aims to enable young children from across the world to express their creativity through art, and to use their creativity to share their views on what is important to them through painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. This amazing project, led by academics from Australia, England, Japan, USA, and Italy, inspired the staff and children at Livingston Nursery to produce a variety of artwork around the theme of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
The children showcased their art at their nursery’s open day where parents and guests came to view their exhibition titles ‘This is me’. Prior to the exhibition, the children were introduced to different forms of art and were guided on how they can use various materials and skills to create their own artwork.
They created their art in multiple ways such as paintings, drawings, clay, and salt dough sculptures. They also had the opportunity to learn how to use photography as a way of expressing their voice and talking about who they are in their own unique way.
Eilidh, Nursery Manager at Bright Horizons Livingston Early Care and Education Centre said: “I have loved seeing the children explore all the ways that makes them who they are. The children have been inspired by the storybook “Let’s Explore Our Rights” by The Children and Young People’s Commissioner, all about children’s rights, diversity, inclusion and belonging. This book helped our children explore and discuss topics such as having the right to a safe home, having the right to learn, having the right to be healthy, and having the right to play and be heard. We believe it’s important that we incorporate creativity in our curriculum so we can support children in growing their knowledge with a strong focus on supporting their wellbeing.”
Michele, Operations Director at Bright Horizons said: “I cannot convey how truly inspiring and amazing the exhibition was. I feel very privileged to have been able to see the wonder of the children’s creations. Whilst I knew that the team and children would have created something magical, I underestimated just how powerful and moving it would be. This is a tremendous achievement and shows our holistic yet personal approach we take to support each child’s development and progress at our nurseries.”
If you are interested to find out more information or to book a nursery tour at Bright Horizons Livingston Early Learning and Childcare Nursery, then you can go straight to their website.