What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge.

Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.

Fundamental Principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach

CHILDREN ARE COMMUNICATORS

Children are encouraged to use language to investigate and explore, to reflect on their experience. They are listened to with respect, believing that their questions and observations are an opportunity to learn and search together.

CHILDREN FORM AN UNDERSTANDING OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR PLACE IN THE WORLD THROUGH INTERACTIONS

Great focus on social collaboration, working in groups where each child is an equal participants having their thoughts and questions valued. Here, children search out the knowledge through their own investigations.

CHILDREN ARE CAPABLE OF CONTRACTING THEIR OWN LEARNING

Children are capable of constructing their own learning.

THE ADULT IS A LISTENING MENTOR AND GUIDE

 The role of adults is to observe the children, listen to their questions and their stories, find what interests them with opportunities to explore the interests further.

THE ENVIRONMENT IS THE THIRD TEACHER

The environment is recognised for its potential to inspire children. An environment filled with natural light, order and beauty. Open spaces free from clutter, where every material is considered for its purpose, every corner is every-evolving to encourage children to delve deeper into their interests.

AN EMPHASIS ON DOCUMENTING CHILDREN’S THOUGHTS

Displaying children’s thoughts and progression of thinking through photographs, transcripts of children’s thoughts and explanations, visual representations. All designed to show the child’s learning process.

THE HUNDRED LANGUAGES OF CHILDREN

The belief that children use a myriad of ways to show their understanding and express their thoughts and creativity. A hundred different ways of thinking, of discovering, of learning. Through drawing and sculpting, through dance and movement, through painting and pretend play, through modelling and music.