Our Approach

Our Kids ELC philosophy, educational curriculum and practices are inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational approach. We take inspiration from this approach to ensure we are creating a rich innovative educational curriculum, within our own Australian context.

We offer an emergent play-based curriculum, designed and delivered by qualified teachers and educators, to support children with developing skills for lifelong learning. Collaborative learning focuses on the children’s current interests, knowledge, abilities, culture and strengths. Educators observe, listen and document children’s interests and ideas, then plan with the children for possibilities of learning.

We value responsive relationships, believing children learn best in a safe and nurturing environment where they can develop confidence, independence, and a strong sense of emotional and physical wellbeing.Our teachers and educators supported by our centre Educational Leaders, establish respectful and caring relationships with children and families, so they can work together to construct curriculum and learning experiences relevant to the children within their local contexts. We do this to gradually expand your child’s knowledge and understanding of their world.

Our curriculum is informed by the Early Years Learning Framework, Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and My Time Our Place, National Quality Framework, Code of Ethic and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

What is the Reggio Emilia approach?

Our Kids ELC emergent curriculum draws on the Reggio Emilia principles of respect, responsibility and community, to offer your child quality education and care.

We believe children have rights- a right to communicate, a right to be heard, a right to participate, a right to imagine and a right to learn.

The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy developed after World War II by psychologist Loris Malaguzzi, and parents in the villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy. The philosophy embraces the image of the child as a capable, confident, creative and active learner.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the pedagogy is the way in which curriculum derives from the interests and experiences of the children themselves, expanding in open-ended ways to follow wherever it takes them. This constructivist approach supports experiential learning in relationshipdriven environments.

Malaguzzi believed that people form their own personality during their early years of development and that children are empowered with a Hundred Languagesthrough which they can express their ideas.

Hundred Languages

Malaguzzi’s poem, the Hundred Languages, is probably the most well-known aspect of the Reggio Emilia Educational Approach. Loris Malaguzzi describes the infinite ways that children can express, explore, and connect their thoughts, feelings and imaginings. These languages are symbolic and are open to the endless potentials in children.

“Nothing without Joy.” Loris Malaguzzi

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