Reggio Emilia

The image of the child

At Kinfolk, all children have a voice. We believe all children are strong, capable and resilient; full of wonder and knowledge. We provide opportunities for children to share their ideas, opinions and make connections in their learning journey.

We believe that every child brings a deep curiosity that drives her or his interest to understand their world and their place within it. Our goal is to embrace this curiosity and facilitate their eagerness to learn.

The role of the environment

In a Reggio Emilia centre, each learning space is designed to stimulate imagination, creativity, exploration, discovery, engagement and wonder.

We provide open spaces free from clutter, where every material is considered for its purpose, and where every corner encourages children to delve deeper into their interests. We connect various learning experiences so children can further deepen their play.

These spaces encourage collaboration, communication and exploration. Our learning environments are inclusive and homely, allowing children to feel comfortable and secure, while also encouraging empathy, interest and the development of self-confidence.

The role of the teacher

Each educator at Kinfolk is aware of the important role he or she contributes to a child’s early years. Their roles include planning curriculum, preparing environments and interacting with children to promote learning.

Our educators are here to nurture, guide and support children.

The value of relationships, community and family

The Reggio Emilia philosophy has a strong emphasis on community support and the nurturing of relationships between families, educators and children. At Kinfolk, we recognise the importance of working in partnership with families, educators and children.

We work with families to achieve common goals for each child. We set the highest expectations for children, generating opportunities for our families and educators to come together to advance learning and development.

We also recognise the importance of connecting with the wider community. Physically experiencing the environments around our services is important, which is why we encourage excursions to local attractions such as parks, shops and services.

Documentation

Our educators document children’s conversations and representations. We meet regularly to use this documentation to interpret the children’s emerging interests and ideas, and to reflect on possibilities for extending their learning.

Every child’s learning is respectfully documented in an online portfolio as well as within classrooms. Kinfolk recognises and values the importance of making documentation and learning visible to both the children and families.

Project work and investigations

Project work is fundamental to the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Through their play and learning, we allow children to build on their understandings of their world.

Project-based learning provides children with an opportunity to investigate and explore an area of interest. This includes inquiry-based projects, which can last for as long as the children are showing interest in the topic. The project can be viewed in many aspects of the environment, such as through drawing and sculpting, dance and movement, painting and pretend play, modelling and music, ensuring each one of these allow children to use their senses and all their languages to learn.