Understanding the Reggio Approach is a much needed source of information for those wishing to extend and consolidate their understanding of the Reggio Approach. It enables analysis of the essential elements of this particular approach to early childhood teaching and the relationship it holds with quality early years practice. It describes the key features of the Reggio Approach to early childhood including the environment, creativity, relationships and documentation. This new edition has been updated with the latest developments in this approach and includes new material on the thinking and work of Loris Malaguzzi and the future for educators in Reggio Emilia and the implications for practice in the UK. Features include: * Examples from infant-toddler centres and preschools in Reggio Emilia. * Key points to highlight the ideas that practitioners should consider when reviewing and reflecting on their practice * Reflections that can be used as the basis for continuing professional development and action research.
Written to support the work of all those in the field of early education and childcare, this is a vital text for students, early years and childcare practitioners, teachers, Early Years Professionals, Children's Centre professionals, lecturers, advisory teachers and setting managers.
Linda Thornton has extensive experience in the field of education and childcare. She has provided consultancy and training for local authorities, children's centres, nurseries and schools across the UK. Pat Brunton has provided training and consultancy for local authorities, children's centres, nurseries and schools across the UK.
Introduction 1 The Reggio Emilia Approach to education and Loris Malaguzzi 2 The organisation of the preschools and infant-toddler centres 3 The environment 4 Relationships 5 Time 6 Children and teachers as researchers: individual and group learning 7 Creativity 8 Documentation 9 The future Appendix