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What are the Core Values of the Reggio Emilia Approach?

The Reggio Emilia Approach is a child centred educational philosophy for preschool aged children.

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The Core Values of Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy usually applied in preschool and early childhood education. Originating from Reggio Emilia, a city in Italy, this philosophy was defined by Loris Malaguzzi after World War II to provide new ways of learning for children.

Malaguzzi was inspired to foster this change in educational approach by parents’ decisiveness to provide their children with a type of education that would enable their young ones to think for themselves. This shift was a way so that fascism would never rule Italy again.

What are the Beliefs of Reggio Emilia?

This learning approach sees children as valuable members of communities where they are encouraged to explore, wonder, question and learn to understand the world around them and reach their full potential in the first five years of life. It has been embraced by many early childhood centres, becoming one of the most respected educational philosophies.

The Reggio Emilia Approach is based on core values that distinguish it from other early childhood learning approaches.

The Core Values of Reggio Emilia Approach:

Children are the main protagonists of their development process

Driven by their natural need to know and understand, children are capable of creating the type of experiences that enable them to learn by themselves. It is possible due to the children’s ability to attribute sense and meaning to everything they see and learn from their surrounding environment.

The vast potential in children for learning is nurtured by their interactions within a social context and its main contributors – parents, teachers and other children. All the above prompt the Reggio Emilia Approach to view children as active collaborators in their education process and not just observers.

The interactions of children are essential for their learning process

Reggio Emilia’s educational approach entails a strong collaboration between children and those who support them in their learning experience: teachers and parents. The educational process does not rely on pre-defined rigid learning programmes but is shaped by elements such as the environment’s design and didactics. 

The Reggio Emilia Approach focuses on involving parents in certain activities in a fruitful and respect-based communication between children, parents and teachers. The children’s interactions are organised in small group settings as they enable them to learn, understand, to “figure out” the world in which they live better than working individually.

“The Hundred Languages” – encouraging children’s expression is paramount

Written by the founder Loris Malaguzzi, this concept highlights that children possess a hundred ways of expressing themselves through verbal or non-verbal languages. It also stipulates that children should be encouraged to do so through whatever means works for them. 

The Reggio Emilia Approach sees learning and playing as an ensemble and not as separate processes. Language, drawing, dancing, painting, building, sculptures, and music are a few examples of these verbal and non-verbal languages. This type of learning enables children to use all their five senses and shows how children think, explore, discover, create, wonder, imagine, question or feel.

Teachers working in Reggio Emilia-inspired centres use different methods to teach children and adults how to understand one another better and reshape how they think, construct or express their feelings and thoughts. Children are encouraged to explore various situations and formulate their opinions about them with the help of language. 

The educational environment acts as a third teacher

The Reggio Emilia Approach views the educational environment as a living organism. It translates into integrating the classrooms and common spaces of learning centres with one other and the communities where children interact. The learning environment must encourage children to explore, discover, play and learn, all in a safe and comfortable setting, where the little ones can feel “at home”.

The interconnected shapes, the aesthetic harmony, the care for the objects, and the use of natural furniture and materials are among the elements that enhance the value of the educational activity. 

Our Reggio Emilia-inspired centre in Hamilton is, just like all our centres, purpose-built for children, meeting all the requirements for providing the little ones an environment suited for balanced growth.

Progettazione/ Designing

Translated most often as “child-centred curriculum”, the term “Progettazione” describes the process in which teachers observe and listen to children attentively and encourage their ideas.

It enables teachers to understand better what children are interested in. Based on this, teachers can define strategies and educational methods to keep the children’s interest alive for project-based periods, improving their learning experience.

Educational documentation is an important element of communication

Educational documentation serves as a tool that conveys the progress of learning activities and documents, the process of learning and the languages developed and used by children.

Documentation is an instrument that teachers utilise: 

  • To analyse and understand the children better and provide parents with information about them;
  • To evaluate their activity to improve it, if necessary, and to share it with other fellow teachers for joint projects when the case.

Educational documentation can provide children preparing for school with a portfolio of pictures, photos, activity sheets, and paintings to show the progress achieved during their preschool education. It gives children a sense of value, self-appreciation for their effort and self-confidence, all of whom shall be useful also during school study years.

The professional development of teachers is a continuous process

The learning centre teaching staff’s professional development is an integral part of the working hours, not just a periodical review of their performance and skills.   

The Reggio Emilia Approach has become a point of educational reference for more than 145 countries and territories worldwide, including the four centres we have been operating in New Zealand since 2012. Reggio Emilia’s values and principles help us provide quality learning, and harmonious development to all the children enrolled in our centres.

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Our early childhood centre environments strongly reflects our inspiration – The Reggio Emilia philosophy, from Reggio Emilia, Italy.

We provide a creative and open ended environment that encourages infinite learning for the children and strong relationships between teachers, children and families.

The day’s routines are flexible. At the same time, care is taken to recognise and respect each child’s needs.

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Tanya Vester
Tanya Vester
2023-05-27
Our sons attended Bright beginnings early leaning Centre and absolutely loved it. They attended Manuka and Kowhai rooms, and later also Pohutukawa room. The teachers in all three rooms were just SO lovely, caring, attentive and supported their learning journeys and communicated the children’s achievements with us. We are so thankful for the time our kids were able to spend there, and the kids made great memories for life. We highly recommend BBELC to anyone looking for a child care center. We had to leave due to moving overseas and will miss BBELC so much!!!
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
2022-10-09
"I don't think I can express in words the gratitude I feel towards you all. My child, Amrin have learnt so much in your care that will stay with her for life. I believe their fondest memories of childhood will include many of you - I truly hope you are all extremely proud your efforts with our children. Thank you for all the wonderful support and care you have given to my daughter. This Centre is a very special place and she has grown so much in your nurturing, inspiring and challenging environment. You are really helping her to prepare for her school foundation." Actually, this is a second home for Amrin, she started her journey from BBELC, Auckland and will leave for school from here. Thanks to all the teachers, If I start typing the names, the list will be so long. In last especially I should not forget Nikita, who is so understanding and caring towards kids as well as families. Thank you with much love."
Anaru Pui
Anaru Pui
2022-10-06
We've had our daughter Waikohu pui in the center for over 1 year now And she has Developed into such a beautiful kind person and has gained some great life skills and experiences thank you to all the teachers for there support and care with our baby girl making life alot easier knowing shes getting great education and Aroha (Love) from all the teachers at her Kura ( school ) thanks again ❤️ from the Pui whanau
Jagroop Kaur
Jagroop Kaur
2022-10-06
Teachers are very kind and patient. Also they encourage children to learn in different indoor and outdoor activities. I am so pleased in POHUTUKAWA room the teacher do the school transition program, which is really helpful to the kids enter the primary school in the future. Thanks all teacher who support VIRASAT and other kids there quite well.
anne dela cruz
anne dela cruz
2022-10-05
We have been with BBELC Hamilton since 2020 during the peak of pandemic and I never doubted to bring my children here knowing that they are on a safe place and the team are all aware of the best health and safety plan to ensure that everyone in the centre are safe. The centre is the BEST for me in terms of CLEANLINESS (the place os very tidy), SAFETY OF CHILDREN (only parents/caregivers can enter the premises on their pin coded door), FRIENDLY STAFF (you will be greeted by a very friendly receptionist, you can talk to the teachers about your concern with your child), OPEN DOOR POLICY (Manager’s door is open all times for parents for any concern or question), NUTRICIOUS FOOD for our kids, SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM (table activities, book reading, sharing with others, simple literacy), MAT TIME IS THE BEST as the kids learn to socialize, listen to teachers, story telling, yoga, dance time, music time,etc. and they also held PARENTS TIME where we can chat with the teacher about our kids, meet other parents, share experiences and strategies, parents gets treat and gift on special occasion like mother’s day and father’s day that will definitely make your day as a parent. And lastly for few years now, my kids have enjoyed their Christmas party where they get gift and enjoy bouncy castle, it’s simple but the experience and memories will be lifetime. THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AND TEACHERS OF BBELC Hamilton! KUDOS TO ALL YOUR HARDWORK AND DEDICATION. CHEERS TO MANY MORE YEARS OF SUCCESS! - DELA CRUZ Family ( Robb and Reuben)
Shirley
Shirley
2022-10-05
I love BBELC and my child love it too. As parents ,my husband and I deeply appreciate the staff being friendly ,kind ,patient ,role models and caring .The educators work well with parents to achieve the children’s developmental goals , the manager Leonie and Teachers Mari, Kathryn, Summer and Emma really care about the children and very welcoming. The childcare is secure and this gives us peace of mind in knowing that our little ones are in good hands and safe . The classrooms are clean and nicely decorated. I highly recommend sending your child to this center. It’s become our second home.
ANN KURIYAN
ANN KURIYAN
2022-10-05
BBELC is an awesome environment for my daughter to learn and grow through different types of activities. All the staffs are friendly, supportive and helpful. Highly recommended to all.
Neda Bolouri
Neda Bolouri
2022-10-05
A safe, happy and caring place for our children.
Norvega Bantang
Norvega Bantang
2022-09-30
Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre - Hamilton is like a second home to my 2 little girls. They are very supportive of the children’s early learning and individual development. The rooms are spacious, warm and cozy and provide different kinds of resources for the children to explore. My girls are always excited to go to kindy every morning. Since I have also recently become part of this centre, it’s good to know and see for myself how things work in the centre and how very passionate the staff are in looking after every child like they are family. As a parent, it gives me the peace of mind that my children are in good hands and are well taken cared of. Definitely made the right decision to enroll our children here.
Diana Villa-Ignacio
Diana Villa-Ignacio
2022-09-30
BBELC is a wonderful centre which caters to quality care and learning of children. We take pride in our relationship with parents , whanau and children having positive environment, open communication, flexibility, catering to children needs and working alongside parent's aspiration for their children. Feel free to come and see our Hamilton centre. We will be happy to show you around and be part of our Bright Beginnings Family.

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