The Reggio Emilia approach to Early Learning is deeply embedded in The Nest’s practices. We incorporate their beliefs and understandings of children and learning into our values and daily practice.
This unique approach to education consists of a particular and strong image of children, adults, of education and of life – flowing from a set of guiding principles. These principles include:
The image of the child
We strongly believe all children are strong, capable and resilient; full of wonder and knowledge. It is the Reggio belief that all children have a voice. The Nest provides opportunities for children to share their ideas, opinions and make connections in their learning journey.
Our Curriculum is respectful of children, their rights and their desire to learn. We also believe that every child brings with them a deep curiosity that drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. Our goal is to embrace this curiosity, challenge each child’s thinking and facilitate their eagerness to learn and construct understanding.
The role of the environment
We have a high regard for the Reggio belief that the environment is the 3rd teacher and that detail and attention should be placed on each learning space to stimulate children’s imagination, creativity, exploration, discovery, engagement and sense of wonder.
We provide open spaces free from clutter, where every material is considered for its purpose, every corner is everevolving to encourage children to delve deeper into their interests. We connect various learning experiences so the child can further their interests and deepen their play. These spaces encourage collaboration, communication and exploration. Our learning environments are inclusive and homely, allowing children to feel comfortable and secure, whilst also encouraging empathy, interest and the development of selfconfidence.
We respect children as capable by providing them with authentic materials & tools which are cared for by both the children and the Educators.
The role of the teacher
Each Educator is aware of the important role they contribute to a child’s early years.
Our educators role includes:
- Planning a curriculum to promote children’s development
- Carefully planning and preparing the environment
- Interacting with children to promote learning
- Providing nurture, guidance and support to children
- Observing children and assessing their progress
- Establishing strong partnerships with families and encouraging their involvement