Early stages for childhood education, by The Old School House Day Nursery.
WHAT IS THE REGGIO APPROACH?
At The Old School House Day Nursery our experienced, family lead team have created a nurturing environment that integrates the natural world to provide a learning platform that ensures each child reaches their potential.
Our Reggio inspired approach to learning creates a welcoming and homely atmosphere in which the children play and investigate. Our Reggio inspired setting allows our children to use their own natural curiosity and energy to help guide their development.
Our nursery does not look like a typical nursery. It has been developed using techniques and experiences taken from across Europe to ensure that we provide the best possible environment for your children. Our differences to other nurseries are also our strengths as each member of staff fully understands our ethos as childcare practitioners.
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 approach gives us fundamental principles which we have tried to adapt to our nursery environment.
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH
Reggio Emilia is a small city in northern Italy. The first pre-school in this city was founded after the second World War by a group of parents who decided they wanted to build their own school. Inspired by this Loris Malaguzzi, a teacher himself gave them help and guidance.
Malaguzzi was influenced by many theorists which he blended together, including Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. Malaguzzi’s understanding was that children learn through experiences within a stimulating environment.
Children of Reggio are viewed in terms of their strengths. The term ‘a child is born with a hundred languages’ means the way in which children express, communicate, have ideas, their emotions and the way they think.
Reggio teachers provide children with a wide range of materials and media, many of these are natural and recycled resources. When children’s activities are displayed they help parents be aware of their child’s experiences, with children being aware that their efforts are valued.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:
• Children must have some control over the direction of their learning;
• Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing;
• Children have a relationship with natural material items in the world that they must be allowed to explore;
• Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.