A Reggio Emilia-influenced educational program


We recently caught up with St Nicholas Early Education Raymond Terrace’s Centre Director, Lauren, to answer the question, ‘What is the Reggio Emilia approach?’

“The Reggio Emilia approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education,” Lauren said, “which values children as strong, capable, resilient, and 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.”

Where does the Reggio Emilia approach come from?

“The Reggio Emilia approach originated in the town and surrounding areas of Reggio Emilia in Italy out of a movement towards progressive and cooperative early childhood education.”

“It is unique to Reggio Emilia. It is not a method. There are no international training colleges to train to be a Reggio Emilia teacher. Outside the town of Reggio Emilia, all schools and preschools and home schools are Reggio-inspired, using an adaptation of the approach specific to the needs of their community. This is important as each student, teacher, parent and community is different. No two Reggio-inspired communities should ever look the same, as the needs and interests of the children from each community will always be different.”

“Typically, the Reggio approach is applied to preschools and early childhood settings, but I think, with an understanding of the general principles, this inspiring, child-led approach can be adapted to the home as well and is something that we’re trying to encourage the families at St Nicholas Raymond Terrace to do.”

The fundamental principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach

  • Children are capable of constructing their own learning.

  • Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others.

  • Children are communicators.

  • The environment is often used as the third teacher.

  • The adult is a mentor or a guide.

  • Emphasis is placed on documenting children’s thoughts, feelings and learning journey.

  • The ‘100 languages of children’.

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