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Our inspiration and guiding principles are found in the Reggio Emila approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education encourages child-centered learning based on the strengths, competencies and curiosities of each child. 

 

History of Reggio Emilia

A vision for THE education of young children

The Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education originated in the town of Reggio Emilia in the Emilia Romagna Province in northern Italy. Following the years of dictatorship, parents had a vision for an education system that encouraged original thinking and self-expression where children would be treated with respect and parents would be active participants in their children’s education.

The Reggio Emilia schools began post World War II as a parent initiative, with the parents used the sale of surplus war materials to establish the first preschools. The parents sought the help of educator Loris Malaguzzi to set up schools that reflected their vision. In 1963 , the Government took over the funding of the preschools and many preschools and infant-toddler centres were established. 

From those early schools grew the framework for a new model in education for young children. 

 
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Principles of Reggio Emilia

child-led learning in a supportive environment

  • Children are strong, interested, capable and curious
  • Children learn best working with others: with other children, family, teachers, and the community
  • Children have “the hundred languages” through which show us what they know in many ways – they move, draw, paint, build, sculpt, do collages, act, sing, play music and more
  • Children learn from the spaces they are in – they need beautiful, orderly space where everything has a purpose and can help children learn
  • Children are capable of long-term, sustained learning when the topic is of interest to them
  • Teachers listen to and observe the children closely, ask questions, and explore the children’s ideas
  • Teachers provide experiences that “provoke” children’s thinking and learning
  • Teachers document the children’s work so that they can talk to each other and the children and better understand the children’s thinking and education in general
  • Parents provide ideas and skills, which make them active partners in the children’s learning
 

The Reggio Emilia Approach

The foundations of early childhood education

  • Child-centered learning
  • Creativity and aesthetics
  • Collaboration
  • Environments
  • Documentation
  • Working in partnership with parents
 
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Our Service Provision

Inspired by Reggio Emilia, reflected in our practices

  • Building on the strengths, competencies, and curiosities of the children 
  • Encouraging and supporting collaborative learning
  • Having carefully planned, aesthetically pleasing playspaces and well-organized materials, so that children are free to spend more time on projects that interest them and are often able to move between activities at their own pace 
  • Using authentic and organic materials
  • Offering a wide variety of materials and experiences that promote self-expression, creativity, thinking skills using many “languages’- visual arts (painting, drawing, clay, construction, textiles, installations, sculpture), music, dance, drama, puppetry and so on
  • Listening to and implementing children’s ideas for projects on which to work 
  • Displaying the children’s creations and photographs, showing the children at work in the classroom 
  • Building a portfolio of children’s work at school (“documentation”)
  • Making a great effort to communicate with parents and to help parents feel involved in their child’s project work