The Reggio Journey

At Craigie Early Learning Centre, we follow the Reggio Emilia approach. This approach is an educational philosophy based on the principle of respect, responsibility and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment.

We believe that all children are capable of learning and expressing themselves in a myriad of ways. Our responsibility is to provide them with the space and resources to learn about themselves and the world around them in as many ways as possible.

Why the Reggio Emilia Approach?

We believe that children need to be resilient, independent, joyous and happy in order to experience the beauty of the world around them.

At Craigie Early Learning Centre we have qualified educators who will create an individual, play based plan for your little person. These play based plans are carefully designed to  promote learning through your child’s interests and strengths.  We welcome your input into the plan and we will always keep you up to date through our communication toolbox.

The communication toolbox includes a digital platform known as “Educa” which provides you with:

  • A daily update of your little ones activities
  • Ongoing dialogue with our educators,
  • Information about parent and family dinners and exhibitions

Alternatively, we are always available to chat, so just come in and say hello or feel free to ring us.

Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach, had a poem titled ‘The 100 Languages of Children’ that accurately and beautifully illustrates the many ways in which young children communicate and make their thinking and learning visible. Please read an excerpt from this poem below.

From ‘The Hundred Languages of Children’

The child is made of one hundred. The child has a hundred languages a hundred hands a hundred thoughts a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking. Always a hundred ways of listening of marvelling, of loving a hundred joys for singing and understanding a hundred worlds to discover a hundred worlds to invent a hundred worlds to dream.

The child has a hundred languages (and a hundred, hundred, hundred more) but they steal ninety-nine. The school and the culture separate the head from the body. They tell the child: to think without hands to do without head to listen and not to speak to understand without joy to love and to marvel only at Easter and at Christmas.

They tell the child: to discover the world already there and of the hundred they steal ninety-nine.They tell the child: that work and play reality and fantasy science and imagination sky and earth reason and dream are things that do not belong together.And thus they tell the child that the hundred is not there. The child says: No way. The hundred is there.

Find out more about the Reggio Emilia Approach.