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Influences of Reggio Emilia



At the Catholic Early Learning Centre Mary Queen of the Family Parish, we have adopted practices that are inspired by the work of the Reggio Emilia approach to early education. The founding father of Reggio Emilia, Loris Malaguzzi and colleagues recognised that children form their sense of self during their early years and as a result developed a program based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided
curriculum.

The following principles underpin the practices and philosophies of the Reggio Emilia approach: -

  • Children are self guided learners while also having the opportunity to learn as part of a community of learners.
  • Children must be actively involved in the learning through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing;
  • Children are members of a community, within the family, society and CELC. They must have the opportunity to explore these relationships and ways of being within the learning curriculum.
  • Children must have opportunity to express themselves via the hundred languages (Loris Malaguzzi).


Further information on Reggio Emilia philosophy and practice can be found at the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange

 
   
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