The Reggio Approach
I went through my NVQ and post graduate qualification without being introduced to the Reggio approach. A few years ago I stumbled across a Reggio quote and have been hooked ever since! During my research I came across Reflections Nursery in Worthing who offer professional training days; I had the privilege to have a forest school training session with Martin Pace and can honestly say it was the most influential training day I have ever attended. Reflection professional days now forms part of our yearly training program at Simba’s and we thank them so much for sharing their practice and knowledge with us. Our interpretation of the approach follows.
The Reggio Emilia approach originates from Northern Italy and was created by Loris Malagluzzi after World War II. The Reggio theory places the child at the center of the practice and views the child as capable, competent and confident. It encourages children to explore; viewing teachers as facilitators not directors of learning. Through deeply listening and tuning into their thoughts we can create project based play where anything becomes possible.
Throughout the project based play staff and children document and value others; documentation takes many forms from photos to words to drawings to displays. This documentation acts as a planning resources for staff to effectively plan; ensuring the right tools, resources and environment is available for children to reach their full potential with as many ‘real life’ experiences as possible along the way.
Some of our project topics have been fairies, the sand house, the outside area, the snuggle den, our nativity play, hair dressers, pirates, magic potions, conkers, lights and shadows and the water fountain.
Some projects lasted for weeks, others for months and some still continue.