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Visions and Values

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do:

 

  • To respect each child as unique and value their achievements and develop a sense of pride and belonging.

 

  • To provide a welcoming, safe and caring environment.

 

  • To provide planned learning opportunities that supports children to become confident, enthusiastic and independent learners who achieve their full potential.

 

  • To develop open and positive relationships with families, agencies and the local community to provide the highest quality support, education and care for children.

 

'The Wider the Range of Possibilities we offer children, the more Intense will be their Motivations and the Richer their Experiences.'

Louis Malaguzzi

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Reggio Emilia

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.


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