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Learning How to Listen – A Personal Reflection of Reggio Emilia Galina Zenin > Bonkers Beat

Here I am…. on a plane with a group of passionate, dedicated educators, flying to a small town in northern Italy – Reggio Emilia. We have already travelled 11,658 km from Melbourne to Dubai and are waiting to connect to another flight from Dubai to Bologna.

Every year hundreds of new childcare centres are opening and trying to attract families and stand out in this competitive market.

By Saturday, we’ll join the rest of the group, 150 educators from Australia and more than 450 from around the world, to discover more about the fascinating approach in early childhood education.

What is Reggio Emilia and why do so many centres now promote their services as Reggio Emilia inspired?

Why Reggio Emilia? Endless research shows that the early years are the most crucial for child’s development. By providing the best education to children, not only do we enhance each child’s life, but make an impact on the social and economic future in our society.



Reggio Emilia is not about brand new, impressive facilities. It is an approach that is truly inspiring, with deep understanding of profound values and beliefs. Quite often we can recognise Reggio Emilia inspired centres by identifying some common elements: wooden furniture, natural materials, light boxes, mirrors, a poster with the 100 languages poem, displayed projects and so on. It’s no surprise that parents

absolutely love seeing brand new facilities, which are well presented, full of light, have expensive natural outdoor spaces, beautiful displays with speech bubbles and images of children’s drawings. So here I am, discovering for myself the truth and the magic behind this relatively young, novel approach in early childhood education. How the Story of Reggio Began At the end of the World War II people in Italy believed that children needed different schools and a new way of learning. Parents wanted schools where children could acquire skills of critical thinking and collaboration to rebuild and safeguard a democratic society.

Early Edition Winter 2017  
Early Edition Winter 2017