The Reggio Emilia approach is a child-centred early learning philosophy that values children's individuality, creativity and potential. This early education approach frames a strong image of the child, the role of adults and the prospect of project-based learning driven by children. These projects are carefully documented and used to create learning journeys, mind maps and program evaluations.
The Image of the Child
At Explorers, we believe that every child is a capable and curious learner with their own strengths and abilities. We create a supportive and empowering environment that promotes the whole child’s development through meaningful and relevant learning experiences.
The Role of the Environment
We believe that a child’s learning environment is more than just a meeting place – it’s a source of inspiration. Our learning spaces are designed to inspire and engage, using natural materials to promote creativity and independence.
The Role of the Educator
The Educator’s role within the Reggio Emilia approach is essential to our curriculum. They act as a mentor to help children focus their learning through encouragement and structure. However, they’re also learners themselves – playing an active role researching with the child as part of the child-led curriculum.
Value of Relationships
The Reggio Emilia philosophy values family and community relationships. Accordingly, our Educators develop strong connections with the children in our care, as well as their families. The trust in these relationships is key to expanding children’s learning and their understanding of community.
We believe that the process of documenting children’s experiences and ideas promotes reflection and analysis.
Our Educators use a range of documentation methods, including photographs and written observations to capture and record children’s learning journeys. We value the importance of sharing documentation with families, encouraging them to be active partners in their child’s learning.
Children expand their understanding of the world through hands-on, child-led projects.
These projects are fundamental to the Reggio Emilia approach, as they afford children an opportunity to actively investigate and explore an area of interest. Projects include, but aren’t limited to, areas of art, science, culture, emotions, problem-solving and nature.