Sightlines Initiative

promoting creative and reflective practice in early childhood education


Reggio Study Weeks & other CPD

Reggio Approach E-Learning

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Events Archive


                    ... to our programme for 2022 - 2023.

Centres are showing great enthusiasm to connect and grow, and we will be offering seminars, events and exchanges to maximise the potential of these times.

If you are interested in discussing bespoke professional development possibilities for your centre please get in touch.

Go HERE if you want to read about past events, presentations seminars.


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 Friday 2nd February 2018
Price £160
Member Discount 10%
Location/Map Madeley, Telford

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  • Are you looking for ways in which your children can explore their world through music and movement?
  • Are you intrigued by this concept and want to know more?

Then get access (for free) to Dogs, Bones and Dancing.

This online slideshow/video summarises our 2 year project with a nursery and primary school in Kendal. Discover what we did, what we learned, what obstacles we faced and how the children engaged.

We are making this free to view: you just have to register: when you do, you'll be sent the link.

Date Monday 25th December 2017

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West Midlands (Warwicks.) Network Open Meeting

To reflect and build from previous work, develop new work and introduce new people.

Date Saturday 2nd December 2017
Price £10
Member Discount free
Times 10 - 12.30
Location/Map Atherstone Nursery School

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West Midlands (Telford) Network Open Meeting

How do we plan environments that are open to be transformed by children in creative and innovative ways?

Madeley Nov17

The network will share ideas and understanding of how to enrich their settings so that they invite children to participate in learning.

This meeting will be held at Madeley Nursery School and will include a focused workshop on the decisions, dilemmas and opportunities of educators when planning for and preparing the studio space.

Date Saturday 25th November 2017
Price £10
Member Discount free
Times 10 - 12.30
Location/Map Madeley, Telford

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This second day of our weekend with Moira Nicolosi, pedagogista of Reggio Emilia, will focus, seminar-style, on exploring participants’ issues in the development of their educational practice.

It gives us the opportunity for detailed exchange with Moira, our Reggio colleague, and explore aspects of work which you have been focussing on in your educational settings.

Date Sunday 12th November 2017
Price £150
Location/Map Institute of Education, London

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Imagine a world where educators, families, the community build education together with their children ...

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  • How can parents, educators and policy-makers work together to activate education fit for children?
  • How can educators, parents and children communicate, value and share their learning?

A conference day exploring the vital experience of Reggio Emilia, a modern European city, for all concerned in defending and building education in the UK.

Reggio Emilia regards itself as 'a city of education.'  Since 1945 this experience has grown with parents, community, educators striving to grow and understand and prioritise, working closely together all the way.

In a period in the UK when educators and parents are finding a common voice to express what education should be like for their children, in a time when ‘policy’ is increasingly at odds with these visions, it is a time to learn and act.

The experience of the citizens of Reggio has much to say to us, in these times.
This day will explore the inspiring experience of parents and educators of Reggio Emilia learning and building schools together, brick by brick, and discovering how their preschool and primary education is being nurtured and made visible in the city. We will consider how the Reggiane experience can inform the efforts of UK educators and parents in creating intelligent education together.

Presentations by Moira Nicolosi, Reggio Emilia educator, with additional UK examples from Sightlines’ Network.

Date Saturday 11th November 2017
Price £195
Presenters Moira Nicolosi - pedagogista, Reggio Emilia
Times 9.45 - 4.15
Location/Map Institute of Education, London
Download info All Our Futures - parents educators together for early childhood edn. Nov 17.pdf

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London ReFocus Open Meeting

London ReFocus, as part of the 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 pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

In this seminar Kate will share reflections from a research visit to Reggio-inspired preschools in Stockholm, focusing on their use of digital technologies as part of a ‘hundred languages’ approach. Sharing examples of practice, Kate will consider how digital technologies might present potentials for young children’s meaning-making in multiple modes and the pedagogy behind their use.

Kate is a Research Associate at UCL Institute of Education. Her research interests include play, creativity, literacies and digital technologies in early childhood. Before joining UCL IOE, Kate was a nursery teacher in a Reggio-inspired children’s centre in Cambridgeshire.

Date Thursday 9th November 2017
Price £10
Member Discount 100%
Presenters Kate Cowan, Institute of Education, UCL
Times 4 - 6p.m.
Location/Map Little Jungle Day Nursery, London

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  • Have you already visited the preschools of Reggio Emilia on our introductory study week?
  • Do you want to develop your knowledge further and dig deeper with like-minded educators?
  • Do you want to work together in dialogue with each other and with colleagues in Reggio Emilia, in the construction of an environment of enquiry?
  • Is the educational setting in which you work keen for you to play a leading part in its continuing professional development, and to benefit from the learning opportunity of this course?

Then this 2017 Skylight study group is for you! It is for educators in settings who have been to Reggio before, are working positively on their professional practice and want the opportunity to enable themselves and their settings to become more skilful and courageous in their work of creating a listening pedagogy.

Key Learning: co-constructed education; understanding and applying principles of ‘listening pedagogy’, the image of the child as competent, sociable and creative learner; education as enquiry and relationship; transformative, systemic development in education provision.

Date Friday 15th September 2017
End Date Sunday 31st December 2017
Price £1,800
Please Note: Erasmus+ Funding window is now closed. Normal registration is still open.
Location/Map Reggio Emilia, Italy
Download info Skylight Study 2017.pdf

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