The Reggio Emilia Approach
an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and
resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.
History of the Reggio Emilia Approach
The Reggio Emilia Approach originated in the town (and surrounding areas) of Reggio Emilia in Italy. It was first developed after the conclusion of World War II by psychologist Loris Malaguzzi and parents in the surrounding area of Reggio Emilia in Italy, where the philosophy gets its name. They believed that children would benefit from a new and progressive way of learning.
Working under the assumption that children begin to form unique personalities during the early years of childhood development, and express their ideas and interests in a variety of ways (“a hundred languages”), this community-oriented style of learning was formed. This unique approach has grown over many decades to be recognized as one of the best educational programs for young children worldwide.