Reggio Emilia

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The four principles of the Reggio Emilia approach

Loris Malaguzzi began the Reggio Emilia style based on the belief that every child is unique and will express their interests in many different ways. The Reggio Emilia philosophy is very empowering for children. The Reggio philosophy is very much a child-centred, play based approach that respects the potential of all children.


Emergent curriculum

The curriculum for the studio is a variety of the children’s interests, their families’ communication, and the close observation and notes educators take on children’s growth and exploration.

In-depth projects

Learning is led by each child, and structured around projects. They might last a week or two—or they might extend the entire term. Educators guide the children in choosing an area of research and following it to the project’s conclusion.

Representational development

The Reggio Emilia approach invites children to present their ideas and learning in many forms: art, drama, dance, music, puppetry, and so on. By giving the space for all of these efforts to flourish helps each child build confidence and excitement about their learning.


In a Reggio-inspired education setting, educators encourage groups to work together using dialogue, comparisons, negotiations and respect. Basing the curriculum on the children's interests creates a collaborative environment that can help foster growth.

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The environment as the Third Teacher

Kids Paradise Learning environment is:

Aesthetically pleasing and Inviting
Inquiry based
Filled with purposeful materials to promote creativity, thinking and problem-solving skills, questions, experimentation and open-ended play.  
Welcome the outside world in
Natural light
Includes displays of children’s work
Evolves with children’s interests

Well thought-out layout of the environment to promote relationships, communication, collaboration, and exploration through play.  

At Kids Paradise we give children the opportunity to decide for themselves whether they’d like to explore the indoor or outdoor environment. Our Educators throughout the service encourage all families and children to contribute ideas and interests to our play-based learning environment.

‘Hands on exploration and play is driven by the children’s interests, questions and the world that they live in which is key for the children to use all languages to express themselves’.

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The role of the educator

Learn alongside children
Guides children’s learning
Nurtures children’s curiosity
Scaffold learning
Lend knowledge and expertise to the children
Documents learning
Creates a curriculum to develop children’s learning
Establish strong partnerships with families and encourage their involvement
Nurture children’s interests
Advocate for children’s learning
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Image of the child

Each child is strong, resilient and capable
There is also a high value placed on collaboration, community and communication to help children learn.
Children guide their own learning
Children engage in real-life problem solving and social development with other children.
Children learn how to respond appropriately to situations and expand their own knowledge.
Children have the ability to develop their own potential
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