Reggio Emilia at Young Explorers Goring
The Reggio Emilia approach views children as naturally curious with their own interests and drive to learn about the world and their place within it.
The approach recognises that children learn and express their understanding in many different ways such as through drawing, dance, sculpture, music- these are known as the Hundred Languages of Children.
The approach originated in Italy and has been adopted by many settings in Italy and beyond. No one Reggio setting is the same as the child’s interests are an integral part of the approach. The setting reflects the children’s current interest and curiosities.
Within the approach there is a strong focus on social collaboration, valuing children’s ideas and allowing them the time and space to investigate in order to develop a deeper understanding. Communication is also key, children are encouraged to use language to explore and investigate and reflect on their experiences. Learning is a collaborative process where learning is undertaken together.
The adults role is to observe children, listen to their questions, find what interests them and then provide them with opportunities to explore further.
The staff at Young Explorers Goring have a key role in documenting and displaying children’s thoughts making the process of their learning visible through the use of such things as photographs and transcripts of the children’s speech whilst engaged in their learning.
Careful consideration of the environment is essential in order to provide children with opportunities to engage in deep learning experiences with an understanding that children are capable and benefit from natural and authentic materials.
The location and access to the local beach will be of great value to the learning opportunities for the children and is considered to be a great asset for the children at Young Explorers Goring.