reggio emilia, what is it?

Reggio Emilia is a town in northern Italy, in the Emilia-Romagna region. The visionary teacher and humanitarian, Loris Malaguzzi, a teacher and educationalist, was born in 1920 and died in the city on 30th January 1994. His approach, referred to as ‘Reggio Emilia, is his philosophy of early childhood education.

after years of experience within education our philosophy and beliefs have naturally aligned with this approach.

children learn best when learning is self-directed, when they have supportive, collaborative adults and a stimulating environment with natural rich resources and access to wide open spaces.

We carefully foster a culture of inquiry through art. We believe the language of art becomes the language of learning; a tool to inspire our children. Our Atelierista, (a teacher with an arts background) works closely with the children in the atelier (art space) focusing on producing art through different mediums. In this way, the expressive and poetic languages become part of the process by which knowledge is built

ambiguous resources and loose parts are at the heart

Loose parts can be anything from pine cones, corks, springs, buttons and pegs to upcycled and recycled resources such as wheels, cable reels, pallets and tubes. Other resources such as cinnamon sticks, herbs and spices add a sensory element to our environment.  The use of lighting, projected moving images, mirrors and reflection gives the children a different view and perspective.

we love forest school and being outdoors in general!

Forest School is an integral part of Inspirations philosophy, it aligns well with the Reggio Emilia approach to learning and the children absolutely love it! The sense of space children get when being in the woods allows them to feel free to explore and learn. The natural environment also gives children time and space without the usual external pressures often found in a more enclosed space. The abundant natural materials give opportunity for adventure, challenge and also allows children to extend their physical abilities taking calculated, measured risks.