Reggio Emilia Inspired Curriculum:-

In our day nursery we operate a Reggio Emilia Inspired Curriculum. 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.

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. There are no
international training colleges to train to be a Reggio Emilia teacher. Outside of the town of Reggio
Emilia, settings such as ours, adapt a reggio inspired approach adapting to the needs of our
community and our children. This is important, as each child, carer, parent, community, and town are
different. No two Reggio-inspired communities should look the same, as the needs and interests of the
children within each community will be different.
One of the company Directors, Diane, travelled out to Reggio Emilia on an international study
conference in April 2016 to learn further on how to implement this curriculum and was able to visit
several settings on this week long study programme. We have been so impressed at the value this
adds to our setting in terms of early learning and development that Bronagh, our Area Manager, is
travelling out to Reggio in early 2017 as part of another study group to continue with the learning and
development of this curriculum throughout our settings.

The main concepts are :-
· Children are capable of constructing their own learning. They are driven by their
interests to understand and know more.
· Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through
their interactions with others. There is a strong focus on social collaboration, working in
groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions
valued. The adult is not solely the giver of knowledge but rather the children search out their
knowledge through investigation and play.
· Children are communicators. Communication is a process, a way of discovering things,
asking questions, using language as play. Playing with sounds and rhythm and rhyme;
delighting in the process of communicating. They are listened to with respect, believing that
their questions and observations are an opportunity to learn and search together. It is a
process; a continual process. A collaborative process. Rather than the child asking a
question and the adult offering the answers, it is undertaken together.
· The environment is the third teacher. We take a great pride in our environment and its
potential to inspire children. An environment filled with natural light, order and beauty. Open
spaces free from clutter free where every material is considered for its purpose, every 'home
corner' is ever-evolving to encourage children to delve deeper into their interests.. The
space encourages collaboration, communication and exploration. The space respects
children as capable by providing them with both natural and authentic materials and tools.
The space is cared for by the children and the adults.
· The carer is a mentor and guide. The role of the carers is to observe children, listen to
their questions and their stories, find what interests them and then provide them with
opportunities to explore these interests further. The Reggio Emilia Approach takes a childled
project approach.
· An emphasis on documenting children’s thoughts . We place great emphasis on
carefully displaying and documenting children’s thoughts and progression of thinking; in
many different ways: photographs, transcripts of children’s thoughts and explanations, visual
representations such as drawings or clay models, all of which is designed to show the child’s
learning process.
· The Hundred Languages of Children. Probably the most well-known aspect of the
Reggio Emilia Approach is the belief that children use many different 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 music, and that each one of these ‘
languages’ must be valued and nurtured. The Reggio Emilia Approach emphasises handson
discovery learning that allows the child to use all their senses all their languages to learn.

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