Our approach

Reggio Emilia

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. Allowing children to express themselves is key, and ‘The 100 Languages’ is a metaphor used to describe the many different ways young children show their understanding, learning and thinking, which is why expressive arts is one of the most important elements of the Reggio Emilia approach.

It is important in Reggio for the practitioner 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. This encourages self-expression, communication, team work and problem-solving in the child. We support their investigations into these questions through creativity, allowing the children to lead and develop their own pieces of work.  

The Reggio Emilia approach is based on the belief that we learn through making connections between things, concepts and experiences. We make these connections through interaction with others and the environment we are in. 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.

 

Natural open-ended resource provide children great learning opportunities whilst also ensuring they are getting a better understanding of those objects. They allow children to be creative and express themselves freely through their play; they are not restricted by the pre-set limitations of objects or plastic representations of items. For example, a wooden figure can be a fireperson, a witch, a favourite character... the list is endless. Using the object to create and recreate with ease, moving along with the pace of their imagination.

"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