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Have you heard of the Reggio Emilia Approach to pedagogy but only second hand?

Are you inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia and want to learn more about introducing this into your setting?

Then this one day event, organised in collaboration with national early years organisation Early Education, is for you.

We know that it is difficult to turn beliefs, values and aspirations into practice: there’s a gap between what we want to do and what actually happens.

For more than twenty years, we have been working in dialogue with Reggio Emilia, in encouraging and demonstrating how to close the gap.

This day introduces the theory and practice of Reggio Emilia’s preschools, for those who are inspired to create educational contexts fit for children's curiosity and meaning-making.

During this day, we will consider:

  • Core features of Reggio Emilia’s Approach
  • Experiences of UK settings who have re-framed their practice
  • Issues and possibilities for transforming your educational practice

The presenters will be from the group of Sightlines Initiative Consultants - Elizabeth Elders, Robin Duckett, Christine Merrick, Debi Keyte-Hartland,  all of whom have long-standing direct knowledge of Reggio Emilia's preschools, and are part of its International Network. 

Date Thursday 13th June 2019
Price £150
Member Discount £15 . Log in to website first to get discount. Discount coupon also available for Early Education subscribers: contact 01923 438 995 for your code.
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DATES & LOCATIONS

Sat 13 July, Portsmouth

Th 3 Oct, Stevenage.

Fr 13 Sept, Newcastle

Fr 20 Sept, London

Fr 27 Sept, Cardiff

Times 9.30 - 3

Reggio Emilia Study Week 2019

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Sunday 7th - Friday 12th April 2019

Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

A one-week study visit to learn about and be inspired by the world renowned educational approach of the preschools and infant toddler centres of Reggio Emilia.

This course will explore the key principles underpinning the Reggio approach to early childhood education including:

  • History and background
  • Creativity and expressive languages of children
  • the pedagogy of listening
  • The environment as 'the third teacher'
  • Parents as partners
  • Democratic citizenship
  • Children as the subjects of rights
  • Children and educators as researchers
  • Observation, interpretation, documentation
  • Making learning visible
  • Professional dialogue

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Date Sunday 7th April 2019
End Date Friday 12th April 2019
Available places 0
Price £1,505
Location/Map: Reggio Emilia, Italy

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Come and hear about Little Jungle Nursery’s journey in developing a culture of participation and collaboration, as a means of deepening children’s learning.

You will have a chance to visit the nursery as well as gain an insight into how democracy manifests itself across all aspects of their provision and practice to create a rich and reflective learning environment for both children and adults.

Little Jungle believe that it is the right of every human being to be respected, listened to and feel valued and that every one of us can influence the shape of society and must take responsibility for doing so. Education therefore must trust and encourage children’s competency to learn and construct their own knowledge, within a context of strong values that support this approach, and underpins what makes humanity such a special entity.

“We must not forget how closely the school is related to the society in which it is situated” and aspire to education not being limited to transmitting culture, but “a place where culture is constructed and democracy is lived” (Carla Rinaldi: 'In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia', Routledge.)

 

Date Thursday 14th March 2019
Available places 10
Price £10
Member Discount 100%
Please Note: How to get to the meeting: By train : Stations East Dulwich (10 mins. Walk) - (good links to London Bridge); Peckham Rye (8 mins. walk) – good links to Clapham Junction/Victoria, London Bridge By bus: 176 direct from Waterloo; 37 from Brixton By car: free off-street parking
Times 4.30 - 7.30pm
Location/Map: Little Jungle Day Nursery, London

This is day option 2 to visit Madeley Nursery School in Spring 2019 and encounter theirs, and Sightlines initive Network's, principles in practice. 

Participation is limited to 8. These are two separate days, so please choose one, not both.

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Madeley Nursery School in Telford are keen participants in Sightlines' Network since 2000. This day  is designed for those wanting to explore the possible ways of practicing the principles of an environment of enquiry, and engage in dialogue with a committed staff group who are making keen endeavours to explore and develop their own practice. 

The day will begin promptly at 9a.m. at the Nursery, with an introduction followed by time to observe in the morning. After lunch there will be opportunities for discussion, and at the close of the school day, general discussion with staff. We will explore how the principles of Sightlines Initiative can be developed in your daily practice; the influences and insprations from Reggio, and the inevitable challenges. 

Date Wednesday 27th February 2019
Available places 0
Price £160
Member Discount 10%
Location/Map: Madeley, Telford

This is day option 1 to visit Madeley Nursery School in Spring 2019 and encounter theirs, and Sightlines initive Network's, principles in practice. 

Participation is limited to 8. These are two separate days, so please choose one, not both.

documentation and displaydocumentation displayed"We are a Reggio inspired school with a beautiful learning environment and exciting child led curriculum. As a research school, we are involved in many national and international projects linked to early learning. Our aim is to create 'a community of learning where there are endless opportunities to discover together through curiosity, creativity and play."

Madeley Nursery School in Telford are keen participants in Sightlines' Network since 2000. This day  is designed for those wanting to explore the possible ways of practicing the principles of an environment of enquiry, and engage in dialogue with a committed staff group who are making keen endeavours to explore and develop their own practice. 

The day will begin promptly at 9a.m. at the Nursery, with an introduction followed by time to observe in the morning. After lunch there will be opportunities for discussion, and at the close of the school day, general discussion with staff. We will explore how the principles of Sightlines Initiative can be developed in your daily practice; the influences and insprations from Reggio, and the inevitable challenges. 

Date Tuesday 26th February 2019
Available places 2
Price £160
Member Discount 10%
Location/Map: Madeley, Telford

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Our ongoing group is discussing  our practices of democracy and listening, in the participant nurseries. Today we will focus on sharing any reflections on our focus point of democracy since we last met – moving forward what now for the group…. To work together to set areas of focus for the next term. 

We really welcome new participation - so please don't hesitate to come along.

We will also share any headlines from the recent Sightlines Conferences – all participants to share a snippet they took away with them from the conference.

This group is a support network for each-other - a place we can share our work and then dig deeper, a place we can share our concerns and support each other and a place to continue learning together! All voices are listened to and heard and different perspectives and challenges of views are welcomed.

There will be time to look around the nursery. Please arrive promptly - or even early - there'll be drinks and pastries!

Date Saturday 9th February 2019
Price £10
Member Discount 100%
Times 10 - 12.30
Location/Map: Atherstone Nursery School

Network Proposal: Languages of Evaluation, Actions of Re-cognition

This is an introduction to a research proposal focussing on, yes, evaluation

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This will be an online presentation and introduction by Peter Moss, Robin Duckett and Louise Lowings. Peter Moss will  discuss the situation as he sees it, and has introduced at conferences in Canada and the United States; Robin Duckett will introduce the project proposal; Louise Lowings will introduce work which her Nursery School has begun in this respect.

Date Tuesday 15th January 2019
Cut off date Thursday 10th January 2019
Presenters Peter Moss, Robin Duckett, Louise Lowings
Please Note: For Network members (free)
Times 1.30 - 3 p.m.

London ReFocus Open Meeting

London ReFocus, as part of Sightlines Initiative Network, invites early educators, artists and others in developing a creative and reflective approach to early years’ education and inspired in their practice by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

photo Balham Nursery SchoolCome and hear about Balham Nursery School’s journey in developing an environment with challenging and open ended continuous provision to enable deeper levels of learning and engagement.
You will have a chance to see the environment and hear how we have worked as a staff to develop a reflective learning community which focuses on how we are learning and not just what we are learning.

Balham Nursery School has used the Reggio Emilia approach as a mirror for reflective practice, taking care to ensure it is set in the context of their community. A recent Ofsted Inspection described their work as ‘outstanding’. Members may have seen the article ‘Into focus’ published by Nursery World (5th March 2018) describing their creative use of digital technology.

How to get to the meeting:
By tube: Northern line (direction Morden) to Balham Underground Station
By rail: Victoria (Southern) to Balham Railway Station
By bus: 155, 249

Book early!  Numbers are limited due to constraints on space.

Date Thursday 29th November 2018
Available places 0
Price £10
Member Discount 100%
Times 4.30 - 6.30
Location/Map: Balham Nursery School