Annual  International Conference in Early Childhood Care & Education 

In-person at the Foundation of the Hellenic World in Athens, Greece

December 9-11, 2022

The 1st Early Years Playbook: Child-Led Inclusive Play Through Children's Eyes

Call For Submission of Case Studies on Child-Led Play

Share successful, practical inclusive play strategies, practices and tools with Early Childhood professionals across the world


Important dates & deadlines:

 (1) To acknowledge on an international stage Early Childhood professionals who are innovating and implementing best practices in child-led, inclusive play through the sharing of their ideas at the Annual Bright Start International Conference;
(2) Accepted Case Studies will be presented during the conference and/or published in a brand new, unique journal, the 1st Early Years Playbook: Child-Led Inclusive Play Through Children’s Eyes. The Playbook will share successful  play scenarios, demonstrate implementation of best practices, and illustrate effective play facilitation strategies used across the globe.
  • Deadline for the submission of Case Studies:                            Monday, October 31, 2022
  • Notification of Case Study Acceptance and presentation format: Friday, November 11, 2022

Accepted Case Studies will be presented during the conference and/or published in the
1st Early Years Playbook: Child-Led Play Through Children's Eyes

Benefits for Authors:

  • Author bio will be included in the publication (up to 300 words per author
  • Global marketing and publicity, ensuring the 1st Early Years Playbook reaches Early Childhood professionals across the world

Guidelines for the submission of Case Studies:

Each Case Study will provide an example or examples of successful play scenarios, or a sequence of play activities that have promoted development and learning for children age 2 to 6 years with different developmental levels and physical or learning needs. Using children’s words, pictures, videos, and descriptions, we are looking for practical illustrations of how strategies were implemented and how developmental progress was monitored. Concrete suggestions for replication of the scenarios and strategies is recommended to be included. Case Studies should be no more than 6 pages long, including a one-page Executive Summary.

Case Studies should also include:

  •  An overview of the child-led, inclusive play program and clear description of the play practices;
  • A description of the professional(s) involved, including breadth and depth of experience, education and discipline, gender, and cultural background;
  • A description of the children involved in the play, including how many, ages, gender, description of particular needs, and cultural backgrounds;
  • A detailed description of the play scenario(s) and examples of the actions and interactions by professionals and children supported with concrete, replicable examples;
  • A description of how developmental and educational impacts for individual children were determined is provided;
  • Specific guidance and recommendations for other professionals who may wish to implement similar strategies
Author/s Guidelines 
Publication & Presentation 
  • Submit your Case Study which must be no more than 6 pages;
  • Case Studies will only be accepted in English & Spanish; 
  • Submit a brief biography (up to 50-words) for the first author including affiliations, for a max. of (3) co-authors per Case Study;
  • Authors are responsible for securing all copyright permissions for material included in their Case Studies;
  • Submission of a Case Study acknowledges your acceptance for the Case Study to be published;
  • Authors have to pay the regular registration;
  • Submit your Case Studies via email to:


Accepted Case Studies will be published online in the 1st Early Years Play Book: Child-Led Inclusive Play Through Children’s Eyes 


Selected Case Studies will be presented during the 2022 Bright Start International Conference (30 min. presentation including 10 min. for Q&A and discussion)