Reggio Emilia Educational Project


Date: 18th – 19th January 2019

Workshop Leader

Kirsty has had extensive experience as a practitioner and leader in a variety of contexts in early childhood, with the most recent as Director of Cornish College Early Learning Centre, in Victoria, Australia. Many educators from around the world have visited this early learning centre as a place of provocation, innovation and inspiring practice. Kirsty was awarded a national excellence in teaching award for innovative practice together with an award for Victoria for her contribution to the early childhood sector.

Kirsty is an elected committee member of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information exchange (REAIE). This philosophy has had a profound influence on Kirsty both professionally and personally, continuing to fuel a hope for children, all children to be respected, understood and to encounter places that honour the potential in all children.
Kirsty now consults and lectures widely both nationally and internationally, supporting and collaborating with educational teams to further develop their pedagogy and practice.

Workshop Description

The philosophy of education from Northern Italy has captured the hearts and minds of numerous educators from around the world, in a vast array of contexts. The ideas from Reggio Emilia are innovative, complex, intriguing and highly inspiring, yet not always easy to grasp and translate into every day practice.

This workshop is an opportunity to explore some of the many layers of this approach, dipping into the guiding principles that underpin the philosophy together with the practical side of how to integrate the ideas as part of your cultural context.
Participants will have an opportunity to think, share, question, research and wonder, building knowledge and understanding as a community of learners, with a renewed lens on teaching and learning.

“The ‘Reggio Approach’ in other parts of the world, outside Reggio Emilia only makes sense if we are capable of re-inventing it, if we are capable of understanding the context we work in, the values in which each culture believes, and then compare these with what Reggio has been capable of creating in its own specific context, and with its own resources.” Howard Gardner 2012.

– Audience: Educators, Curriculum Managers and Administrators working in the Early years (Children aged 0-6).

– Language: English.


DAY 1:

Session One 8:30 – 10:0O
An interpretation of the principles of Reggio Emilia
• An insight into the historical and cultural context of the Educational Project and what it means for teaching and learning today
• Sharing and unpacking the guiding principles


Session Two 10:30 – 12:00
How we can work authentically with the competent child
• An exploration of how we construct our ‘image of child’ and what this means for everyday practice together with professional identity
• Responsive environments to reflect beliefs and values


Session Three 1:00 – 3:00
Relational environments
• Building relationships with people, environments and materials; exploring the principle of the hundred languages
• Beautiful environments that invite inquiry and exploration
• An interactive session where participants will be able to play with ideas, and gain an insight into the ‘intelligence of materials’

DAY 2:

Session Four 8:30 – 10:00
Educational documentation
• Making visible the processes of children’s learning together with the educators thinking
• Identifying the significance of learning moments to critically reflect and inform a Responsive curriculum


Session Five 10:30 – 12:00
Linking documentation and assessment
• Listening as a pedagogical tool
• Linking the principles of high quality early childhood education with educational documentation to ensure that children have the skills, attitudes and dispositions to embrace all of the next stages in their learning, development and well-being


Session Six 1:00 – 3:00
Looking Back to go Forward
• Reflection, provocation and practical implications- setting an intent for shifting practice influenced from the ideas explored together throughout the workshop

Participants are asked to bring:
• A photograph of their classroom environment
• A digital device for accessing shared resources
• An example of documentation (visible learning) – either hard or digital copy