The Reggio Emilia Philosophy
Named after its birthplace in Italy, this approach began as a vision by the local community and a teacher, Loris Malaguzzi, as a means of rebuilding a community after the devastating effects of World War II. The approach focuses on the importance of cultivating young minds and has gained worldwide recognition as best practice for its unique vision of early childhood education.
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, Nido approach fosters the belief that the child, parent, community and environment are all essential to the learning process.
Our philosophy is simple
- Each child has the right to make choices in regard to their learning and should feel a strong sense of well-being
- The environment should reflect our love of nature and views on sustainability
- As the environment is the ‘third teacher’, it is essential that we set up our physical spaces to encourages engagement and exploration
- Building relationships with families and encouraging a high degree of involvement is key
- Learning is ongoing and we constantly seek to develop our own knowledge to offer richer experiences to our children
Bringing our philosophy to life
Our philosophy is not just theoretical; we live and breathe it. It impacts everything from our lesson plans to where the cucina (kitchen) is located in the building:
Teaching children the importance of being a good person, to look after their peers and take a sustainable approach to life, is key to us and in doing so, helps make the world a far better place.
Role of the educator:
Our Educators play many roles; teacher, co-learner or researcher, depending on what Children need to support their holistic learning and development.
Using a child’s unique imagination:
Children will express themselves using the resources available in their environment. We will offer your child daily opportunities to speak up, write, create, paint, build, dance and represent their thinking and personalities in many different ways. We take inspiration from a famous poem by Loris Malaguzzi called the 100 languages of children:
Our educators bring our philosophy to life:
Every service has a Curriculum Leader to coach and mentor Educators in developing high quality educational programs. Our Curriculum Leaders hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care or higher. Our Director of Education and Quality ensures that we develop and evolve the best experiences and projects across our network of Early Schools.
Reggio Emilia and Montessori
Reggio Emilia and Montessori, both founded in 20th century Italy, are two similar educational philosophies but with different methodologies. Both are child-centric educational approaches that foster curiosity, creativity and life-long learning.
The fundamental differences between the two systems are as follows:
|Reggio Emilia approach||Montessori|
|Key focus||Collaborative, project based learning||Individualised learning|
|Role of the educator||The role of the educator is multi-faceted and responsive to the needs of the children||Children are given the skills to learn independently|
|The classroom||The environment is considered a ‘third teacher.’ Learning is influenced by the resources, materials, educators and children within the environment||More structured approach to learning|
|The curriculum||Reflective of the context and the community where the Early School is situated||Learning is structured by the Montessori curriculum rather than the community|
|Age grouping||Children benefit from multi-age interactions at key times throughout the day, as well as being grouped by age||Multi-age classrooms|