REGGIO EMILIA INSPIRED EARLY LEARNING SCHOOL (STAGE 1 – 5)
Inspired by the internationally renowned Reggio Emilia philosophy, we embrace an early learning approach where the child is placed at the centre of learning in a safe and nurturing environment.
Loris Malaguzzi, the charismatic founder of the philosophy, which dates back to post World War II – Italy, firmly believed that children are born competent, are naturally curious and resourceful and are creative thinkers. They are not empty vessels that need to be filled with facts, figures and dates. The teacher's role within the Reggio Emilia approach is complex and deemed first and foremost to be that of a learner alongside the children to provoke, co-construct, and stimulate thinking and peer collaboration. Whilst nurturing the essence of childhood, the teacher is a teacher-researcher, a resource and guide as she/he lends expertise to children. A distinctive innovative approach that supports our children’s interests and fosters their intellectual development through a systematic focus on symbolic representation is encouraged by teachers.
Young children from birth to age six are invited to explore their environment and express themselves through many ‘languages’ or different ways of expression, including words, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, shadow play, collage, and music. Within the Reggio Emilia approach, different approaches toward the same investigation are all valued, and thus children are given access to many tools and media to express themselves.
The relationship and collaboration with the home, school and community all support the learning of the child. Teachers are committed to reflection about their own teaching and learning.