What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?
The Reggio Emilia approach to education originated in Northern Italy and was created by Lorris Malaguzzi, a teacher and a parent. This approach to early childhood education has been widely recognized for its innovative program and acknowledged by educational institutes, psychologists, and researchers from all over the world as the most exceptional example of high-quality early learning education.
The Reggio Emilia approach starts with the idea that children use different ways, “one hundred languages”, to express their understanding, thoughts, and creativity. This approach allows children to express themselves in different ways as they grow and focuses on three core principles: the child, the environment, and the teacher.
Using a self-guided curriculum, the Reggio Emilia approach centres around children’s curiosity of the world and values them as strong, capable, and resilient. This is achieved through a balance of self-guided and adult-led learning. They are encouraged to explore, question, and interpret the world, creating a solid foundation of experiences during the first five years of their life.
Teachers play multiple roles and are responsive to the needs of the children. They are partners in a child’s learning process by encouraging exploration, guiding experiences, and problem solving.
One of the most important components of incorporating the Reggio Emilia approach is the classroom environment. The classroom is thoughtfully designed and arranged to allow children to engage with stimulating materials and encouraged to explore and respect the environment. Often referred to as the ‘third teacher’, the classroom becomes a place to explore, play and learn.
Come See the Explorers Difference.
Our education programs are developed by early childhood trained educators, reflecting Explorers’ unique philosophy, commitment to the environment and the local community. Promoting the development of:
- Literacy and numeracy
- Science and discovery
- Creative expression
- Routines and independence
- Physical well-being
We encourage children to be creative thinkers and expressive, which is why our curriculum is enhanced with a variety of excursions and incursions to further challenge and reward them at no extra cost to families.
The benefits to children are varied but perhaps the most valuable advantage of the Reggio Emilia approach that all educational global models strive to achieve but do not always accomplish; it ignites a love of learning in them.
The Explorer’s Difference:
At Explorers, we offer premium quality early learning and funded Kindergarten to the local community for children aged between 6 weeks to 6 years of age. We are largely influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which was founded in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
We look forward to welcoming your family to the community and showing you the Explorers’ difference.