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Diary

In this blog we are posting news from around the network, reflections on general news items and other broad-ranging items of interest. Current contributors are Sightlines Initiative directors Robin Duckett, Liz Elders, Debi Keyte Hartland and Chris Merrick.

Today - International Children's Day

Well, that caught me up short! Did you know? Google told me, no-one else.

So here is Wikipedia:

"Universal Children's Day takes place annually on 20 November.[8] First proclaimed by the United Kingdom in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children."

Is this forgotten now in the UK? Is it buried in the same drawer where we will find the iconic phrase from the 1989 Children Act: 'The children's interests are paramount'?

Wikipedia continues:

"Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children."

Whatever the day, let's take the opportunity, delight and opportunity, not only promote society as fit for children but also a place where children's voice is heard: 

The image is from  the 'Planetary Messages' video of the children of Reggio, and they have something to say, as do all of ours - can we listen? Here it is: I know we've shared it before, but ...

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Wanted: a Pedagogical Leader

The Children's Garden, Stamford, one of the nurseries in our network, is seeking a pedagogical leader to join them in developing their practice. Do please pass it on to anyone you feel may be interested and suitable: Here is their call:

PEDAGOGICAL LEADER/DEVELOPER

The Children's Garden Day Nursery and Montessori Pre-School, Stamford, Lincs, 

"We believe that if Maria Montessori was alive today, that she would have taken further her knowledge and research. Her ideas that the environment was the third teacher – a prepared environment, and that children are born with innate gifts and resources to create themselves may well have led to profound change which would reflect the practices taking place in the Reggio Emilia area of Italy today.

We are a nursery daycentre committed to developing our understanding and practice, recently inspired by the work of Reggio Emilia's preschools, and have launched into the excitement of change through a recent Sightlines 'Developing Environments of Enquiry' course.

It is our hope to develop our own pedagogy with an experienced and inspirational leader who can help to move us into deeper thinking and understanding about this approach.

The right candidate will have extensive experience about the Reggio Emilia approach, be confident in delivering staff development and training, and be experienced particularly in working with children under five. We are in the early stages of our journey so we're looking for someone with a mature approach who is able introduce new ways of working with sensitivity and patience. A knowledge of Montessori would be helpful. Salary to be discussed based on experience and expectation of delivery.

You can read more about us online:  https://stamford.tcgnursery.co.uk/ 

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring  01780 752094"


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Bright young campaigners ...

Here is an outstanding example of a light in the darkness. 

We all know that these are difficult times, and that on the vulnerable frontline are the pioneering initiatives.One such is the outstanding ReMida Odense, a centre for creativity conceived and run by our colleagues of the Denmark Reggio Network.

You can read about the ReMida centre here. It is under threat of closure, and of course they are working hard to change this course. The organisation has been immensely bolstered by the efforts of Vigga and Elise, two local children who have set up a local and Facebook campaign. It is not only heartening but necessary to have the power of a community involved in educational actions such as ours - the history of Reggio is a prime example.  This is such a  strong example of community action – and a powerful example of children as advocates and leaders in society. Well done to them!

You can read about their 'Save Remida' campaign on Facebook here, and if you want sign their petition.

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