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
Our Philosophy

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:

Our Philosophy

Project-based learning:

When children are interested, they learn. Our educators are skilled in understanding each child’s individual interests and uses these interests to drive project based learning.

Interactions and relationships:

Given that human interaction develops a child’s brain, relationships are key, not only with their Educator, but also parents and other community members. As valued partners in children’s learning, this extended community are often invited into the classroom setting.

Active citizenship:

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.

Our Philosophy

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:

100 languages

The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages,
a hundred hands,
a hundred thoughts,
a hundred ways of thinking,
of playing, of speaking.

A hundred, always a hundred
ways of listening,
of marvelling, of loving,
a hundred joys
for singing and understanding.
a hundred worlds
to discover,
a hundred worlds
to invent,
a hundred worlds
to dream.

The child has a hundred languages
(and a hundred hundred hundred more)
but they steal ninety-nine.
The school and the culture
separate the head from the body.
They tell the child
to think without hands
to do without head
to listen and not to speak
to understand without joy
love and marvelling
only at Easter and Christmas.

They tell the child
to discover the world already there
and of the hundred
they steal ninety-nine.
They tell the child
that work and play
reality and fantasy,
science and imagination,
sky and earth,
reason and dream
are things
that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child
that the hundred is not there.
The child says:
No way
The Hundred is there.


Loris Malaguzzi
Co – founder of the Reggio Emilia™ approach

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.

Our Philosophy

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