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About the centre

FILIORUM– Centre for Research in Early Education and Care was established in August 2018. The goal is to gain both more and broader methodological research on ECEC, as well as creating interdisciplinary environments that can have a major impact in this field of research.

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Children’s well-being, development, play and learning are at the core of all activity at the centre. (Foto: GettyImages)

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) is one of the primary areas of research at the University of Stavanger. For several years the university has built competence and knowledge in this field.

One of Norway’s leading research environments on early childhood education and care

The centre is funded by the Research Council with NOK 25 million over the course of five years. It was the Ministry of Education and Research that commissioned the Research Council to give NOK 50 million to ECEC research. The University of Stavanger is one of two academic research environments that were selected. The goal is to gain both more and broader methodological research on ECEC, as well as creating interdisciplinary environments that can have a major impact in this field of research.

Quality and diversity as the main focus

FILIORUM believes that the ECEC sector, with its great diversity, shall be characterised by quality at all levels. The ambition is that the centre’s research and development work will contribute to high quality throughout the whole ECEC sector, and that this will benefit children in Norwegian ECECs. The centre aims to serve the ECEC sector as a national hub for cutting edge research on quality for diversity, innovation and policy guidance.

Children’s well-being, development, play and learning are at the core of all activity at the centre. Hence the name FILIORUM, which is Latin and means "for children". The themes of the three research areas are belonging, communication and play.

Creating good synergies in the academic community

The researchers at FILIORUM represent different viewpoints, research traditions and methods. This gives the centre a solid foundation for building innovation and quality in the ECEC sector.

FILIORUM consists of researchers from various entities at the University of Stavanger:

  • The Department of Early Childhood Education
  • The National Centre for Reading Education and Research
  • The Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research in Education
  • The Department of Social Studies
  • The UiS Business School
  • Faculty of Performing Arts

The centre also has the following partners:

  • Private Barnehagers Landsforbund (PBL) - Private ECEC centres national association
  • The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU)
  • Stavanger University Hospital (SUS)