Post World War 2 parents were determined to create a more hopeful and sustainable future for the children of Reggio Emilia, a city in northern Italy. The community rallied to build the very first nursery school. Many years later a group of schools in the Reggio Emilia area were voted the best schools in the world. This prestigious accolade sparked great international interest, which resulted in more countries beginning to explore and apply the Reggio Emilia teaching approach. Today the Inspired group, made up of over 25 schools across the globe, embraces this approach as we successfully integrate the philosophy into our Early Learning.
TEACHERS & PARENTS
Our Reggio Emilia inspired approach portrays a unique view of the child: each seen as beautiful, powerful, competent, creative, curious, and full of potential.
Placed at the center of the curriculum, children are encouraged to select and explore topics and activities for themselves, developing deeper engagement from the child, building independence and stimulating curiosity.
Rather than being seen as the target of instruction, children are seen as having the active role of an apprentice and researcher. A lot of our activities take the form of projects where children have opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, question, and discuss to clarify their understanding. Children are also viewed as social beings and a focus is made on the child in relation to other children, the family, the teachers, and the community rather than on each child in isolation.
TEACHERS & PARENTS
Early Learning School teachers are handpicked and rigorously trained to ensure children at all levels are enthused and provided with the tools to self-motivate their own learning journey.
Through observation, teachers become acutely aware of each child’s individual needs and latent potential as they constantly engage through attentive listening and observation of the child’s interests, concerns or ideas. Our teachers challenge the children to deepen their understanding and ultimately identify the endless possibilities to their thinking. Teachers plan rigorously, yet are flexible, for on-going projects and explorations, whilst still covering the prescribed curriculum. Materials and resources are carefully chosen to inspire inquiring minds and build skills.
The children’s environment - both indoor and outdoor – is considered the ‘third teacher’.
Care and consideration is given to the layout and design of the indoor and outdoor environment. The spaces aim to stimulate our children’s imagination, creativity, exploration, discovery, engagement and sense of wonder. Open-ended materials are frequently used, these allow for spontaneous and unguided responses.
At Reddford House Blue Hills, the impressive Piazza space greets you as you enter the school. The Piazza is a central area where parents, teachers and children may come together in the morning or afternoon. The look and feel of the Piazza is determined by the children and managed by our Atelierista, an artist-specialised teacher, who ensures that children’s artwork, is beautifully displayed and often rotated.
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