Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do:
Reggio Emilia is a small city in northern Italy. After the Second World War citizens of Reggio began to construct their own schools and educational approach for young children. The schools were built on the premise to teach children to think for themselves and with an image of the child as rich in potential, strong, powerful and competent. The schools embraced creativity, listening to children, community involvement, democratic citizenship, professional dialogue and documentation of the learning processes. There are now 78 preschools and infant toddler centre’s using this approach in Reggio Emilia, and their approach is an inspiration to educators around the world.
The Principles of the Reggio Approach
Play is an opportunity to think, be independent, consolidate and share ideas
Education is a common good
Dialogue is critical-’everybody has their point of mind’
Children are citizens from the very beginning
The community invest in tomorrow-’there is no future without schools’
Each child has enormous potential for building own knowledge
Each person is unique and original and should be appreciated
Dialogue is crucial
Each child has their own way of meeting new experiences
School is a system of relationships with people
Each moment of the day is of equal importance
Need to look at things from different perspectives
There is pleasure is discovering learning
Pre-schools are places of research for the whole community
The image of the child should be promoted in the community
Quality of the community is measured by the happiness of the children
Everybody can contribute at a level they feel comfortable with
The potential of all children is stunted when the end product/point of their learning is formulated in advance.’ Christine Rindaldi
At Warwick Nursery School we think the process children go through when they make or draw something is as important as what they create (the end product) and we try and plan open ended activities and set up the environment so the children can lead their learning and have access to all the resources and equipment they may need.
We also try and use light and colour to stimulate the children’s play and create a learning environment that allows children to talk, think, plan and relax.
We write observations and document children’s learning to help us plan for what the children ‘need’ next and to ensure the experiences and environment support the children’s learning and interests.