Exciting developments have been happening at Forest Nursery in that we are now incorporating some of the wonderful influences of the Reggio Emilia approach within our everyday practice and within the nursery environment.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education and values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. It was developed by Loris Malaguzzi, who was a teacher himself and the parents of the villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy. The Reggio Emilia approach which is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community, supports the EYFS curriculum and promotes exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children, promoting high levels of engagement and deep level learning. It supports the view that children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their potential.
The materials and resources provided reflect the natural environment and real everyday experiences of the children. Having access to open-ended resources such as cones, wood, stone, leaves, bark, large pebbles and logs provide interesting starting points for all sorts of creative ideas and to construct, classify, measure etc. Providing resources from nature offers an assortment of textures, shapes and colours, offering children a multi-sensory experience and further promotes their engagement with the world around them. We seek to present these resources thoughtfully within learning zones, to inspire engagement both indoor and outdoor as ‘provocations’ to spark children’s creative thinking, active engagement and critical thinking.