The Reggio Emilia Approach was developed in response to the effects of the devastation of World War II on an Italian Community and its’ need to rebuild. The inspired approach to children’s learning places focus on the natural curiosity of children to learn and interact with their environments and natural resources through play.
The Reggio Emilia Approach focuses on children from birth to six years and has five core values. Kidzbiz interweave these values through our curriculum and use them to guide our daily programs.
Children use their individual strengths, natural curiosity and abilities to interpret and learn from the world around them and manipulate resources to demonstrate newfound skills and learning. This mastery of new skills and learning can then be seen in their play and social interactions.
There is a strong focus on social collaboration, working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued. The adult is not the giver of knowledge. Children serach out the knowledge through their own investigations.
The physical environment that surrounds a child has a direct effect on their well-being, learning and development. Kidzbiz create beautiful, calming and natural environments and provide interesting and stimulating materials for the children to work with. The presentation of the ‘Third Teacher’ is organised, beautifully designed and maintained. The value placed on this presentation and order encourages children to maintain and respect their own and other environments.
This is used to capture every child’s learning and determine future direction of programs
Children will proudly show you their creations, paintings, models, writings, sculptures, collections and the list is endless. These ‘samples’ are the physical results of some of the learning that has occurred.
We observe, talk, listen, guide and extend experiences with our children throughout their day with us.
Educators document children’s key learning indicators as they occur. These observations are then linked with aims to devise learning programs for individual children and/or whole group programs. Educators reflect on all learning programs and plan meaningful experiences to extend all children’s learning.
Every child’s learning is uploaded onto each individual family’s portal within our online XPlore program. This allows you to see and know what your child has been involved with at their centre. We encourage you to use this knowledge to engage in meaningful conversations with your child about their experiences with us, as we aim to help families to strengthen their bonds.
Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia approach, believed that children express their learning, emotions, thoughts and ideas in many ways. We encourage these expressions and many opportunities are provided through our stimulating programs for children to practice expressing their learning and individuality.