Why the Reggio Emilia Approach?
International recognition of the Reggio preschools has been constantly increasing after 1991, when a panel of experts commissioned by Newsweek magazine identified the preschools of Reggio Emilia as one of the “best top ten schools in the world”. Today, a significant and growing number of leading corporations and institutions adopt the Reggio Emilia Approach for their preschool programs.
The Reggio Emilia Approach, Inquiry Based Learning & Emergent Curriculum
The Reggio Emilia approach uses an Emergent Curriculum that is developed and guided by the children’s interests. The Emergent Curriculum is a way of teaching and learning that requires educators to observe and listen to the children. Educators ask questions and listen for the children’s ideas, hypotheses and theories. Children engage in long-term small group and large group projects, which involve hands-on investigation and finding the answers to questions. This inquiry based learning harnesses the spirit of investigation, creating an interesting, engaging and meaningful curriculum that uses children’s interests and questions as a starting point for effective learning.
The schools of Reggio Emilia began as a parent initiative. With the end of World War II, parents in Italy banded together and, with the proceeds from the sale of surplus war materials, founded the town’s first pre-schools. They had a vision for a new kind of school where children would be treated with respect and parents would be active participants in their children’s education.
My World values the expertise of families and encourages family involvement, contribution and participation.
At My World Child Care our curriculum for each child’s learning is guided by the national quality framework and the Early Years Learning Framework (the EYLF). The National Quality Framework is made up of 5 Learning Outcomes, 8 Practices, 5 Principles & 7 Quality Areas.
5 Learning Outcomes
Children have a strong sense of identity
Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Children are confident and involved learners
Children are effective communicators
Responsiveness to children
Learning through play
Continuity of learning & tranisitons
Assessment for learning
Secure, respectful & reciprocal relationships
HIgh expectations & equity
Respectful for diversity
Ongoing learning & reflective practice
7 Quality Areas
Educational Program & Practice
Children’s health & safety
Relationships with children
Collaborative relationships with families and communities
Leadership and service management