For the EYFS years our approach is based on the Reggio Emilia Programme, one of the most exciting recent developments in the world of education.
The Reggio Emilia approach to education is committed to the creation of conditions for learning that will enhance and facilitate children’s construction of his/her own powers of thinking through the synthesis of all the expressive, communicative and cognitive languages.
THE REGGIO EMILIA PRINCIPLES
The Reggio Emilia approach is based upon the following principles:
The curriculum builds upon the interests of children who are encouraged to determine the course of teaching and its form
The teacher is a teacher-researcher, a resource and guide as he/she lends expertise to children. His/her role is first and foremost to be that of a learner alongside the children. Educators carefully listen, observe, and document children’s work and the growth of community in their classroom and are there to provoke, co-construct, and stimulate thinking, and children’s collaboration with their peers
Projects as in-depth studies of concepts, ideas, and interests, which arise within the group. Throughout a project, teachers help children make decisions about the ways in which the group will research the topic.
Collaborative group work, both large and small, is considered valuable and necessary. Children are encouraged to dialogue, critique, negotiate, and problem solve through group work. Multiple perspectives promote both a sense of group membership and the uniqueness of self.
Documentation of children’s progress in their work is viewed as an important tool in the learning process for children, teachers, and parents.
Great attention is given to the look and feel of the classroom. Interior decor of classrooms and ambience are used to enhance the learning experience.