"Our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent and most of all connected to adults and children."
Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of the Reggio Emilia approach
Reggio Emilia is a small city in northern Italy. The first pre-school in this city was founded after the second World War by a group of parents who decided they wanted to build their own school. Inspired by this Loris Malaguzzi, a teacher himself gave them help and guidance. Malaguzzi was influenced by many theorists which he blended together, including Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. Malaguzzi’s understanding was that children learn through experiences within a stimulating environment.
Children of Reggio are viewed in terms of their strengths. The term ‘a child is born with a hundred languages’ means the way in which children express, communicate, have ideas, their emotions and the way they think. Reggio teachers provide children with a wide range of materials and media (many of these are natural and recycled resources), believing that by doing is of great importance. The key values of the Reggio approach are, the environment, creativity, time learning and teaching and reflective practice.
Here at Blossoms we adopt the Reggio Emilia approach into the way we provide our practice, we really love the ethos, as well as the power and freedom it gives the children. The Reggio Emilia belief is that all children are capable, creative and intelligent. Children also have rights when it comes to their learning, at Blossoms they are the centre of the process and are treated as the knowledge bearers and will be provided with everything they need to express themselves in any way they choose.
It is important in Reggio for the teacher to work with the child as an active collaborator, both adult and child learning together. We encourage the children to investigate and explore their own questions, theories and ideas about what is happening in the world around them. We support their investigations into these questions through creativity and project work, allowing the children to lead and develop their own pieces of work.
We promote learning outdoors as it develops the children’s relationship with nature and we also include resources that are as natural as possible for our learning whilst indoors. The children will be supported in their creative ideas and we believe no idea is wrong. Staff will study and learn from the children and extend their ideas to see where it leads.