In 2018, two staff members of Nanabijou traveled to Reggio Emilia, Italy as part of a Canadian Study Tour. This immersive, creative and inspired education has been brought back to the entire staff of Nanabijou Child Care Centre and transformed our approach to learning and care for young children.
The Reggio Approach:
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education, which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. As a starting place, the philosophy believes in the innate curiosity of children and aims to assist them with understanding their world and who they are in it.
The “100 Languages of the Child” recognises that children have multiple ways of thinking, playing, exploring, speaking and doing. The Reggio Emilia Approach encourages children to use every tool they have to express themselves.
The “Third Teacher” in Reggio Emilia positions the environment as a space for uninterrupted exploration, play and learning. Outdoor spaces are valued just as highly as formal classrooms.
Our professional educators fulfill the necessary role of gently moving children towards areas of interest, and this can only be done through careful observation carried out over time.
Image of the Child
All children have preparedness, potential, curiosity; they have interest in relationship, in constructing their own learning, and in negotiating with everything the environment brings to them. Children should be considered as active citizens with rights, as contributing members, with their families, of their local community. Children with special rights (rather than using the term special needs) have precedence in becoming part of an infant/toddler center or a preschool.
"I believe there is no possibility of existing without relationship. Relationship is a necessity of life." Loris Malaguzzi
"Children’s relationships and interactions within a system. Education has to focus on each child, not considered in isolation, but seen in relation with the family, with other children, with the teachers, with the environment of the school, with the community, and with the wider society. Each school is viewed as a system in which all these relationships, which are all interconnected and reciprocal, are activated and supported." ~ Reggio Emilia Principles
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