We are inspired by the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach and its principles of respect, responsibility, and community. This is achieved through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:
- Children must have some control over the direction of their learning;
- Children must be able to learn through authentic experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing;
- Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that they explore and
- Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment. We view the environment as the “third teacher”. We believe it gives children important messages and cues. In other words, the environment ‘speaks’ to children - about what they can do, how and where they can do it and how they can work together.