Sightlines Initiative

promoting creative and reflective practice in early childhood education

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Events Archive

Welcome

                    ... to our programme for 2023 - 4.

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.


 

net groupAs part of our focus on making children's thinking visible, today we will be particularly exploring together how we can value the participation of individual children in group exchanges.

  • What does ‘group’ mean to the children?
  • How do children see each other?
  • What is the physicality of a group?
  • Is enough consideration given by educators into ‘the grouping’ of children?
  • What are the respect and values of a group?
  • What are the possible responsibilities in a group? How do the children connect with each other in a group? (leader/observer/follower).
  • What is the role of the educator?
  • Considering how we gather the contribution of the parents voice.

We are a new group, beginning to work together, and we welcome new participants. Participation is free to Network Subscribers (please sign in on the form when you register - the form will give you the 100% discount). The cost to those who are not yet members is £10.

Date Saturday 4th February 2017
Price £10
Please Note: Free to Network Subscribers

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

encountering, enquiring, exchanging, expressing, learning

in a hundred languages

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A weekend for early childhood educators to encounter the work of Reggio Emilia and develop their own competences in working across the range of expressive languages in supporting their children’s learning and meaning-making.

How can educators:

  • Actually create places for learning in many expressive languages?
  • Learn when and how a new expressive language can be brought into children’s enquiries?
  • Explore expressive languages themselves, to better build their own competence and familiarity?
  • Show the outside world how this interwoven learning practice works, tor the deep enjoyment, benefit and learning of the children?

Both days will feature educators from Reggio Emilia & their work.

The first day will be a presentation style conference, with lots of time given to the detailed exploration of enquiry projects. It's possible to attend this day only and we welcome students to this day.

The second day is for those who wish to focus, seminar-style, on exploring participants’ issues in the development of their educational practice, with the opportunity for detailed exchange with our Reggio Emilian colleague.

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Click More Details for further details including 2015 conference reviews, and Participants' Comments from the Saturday. 

Date Saturday 26th November 2016
End Date Sunday 27th November 2016
Price £380
Student Discount 20% (first day)
Member Discount 10%
First Day Only £233 (£207 earlybird price)
Presenters Annalisa Rabotti ◊ Peter Moss
Location/Map University of Greenwich
Download info Nov2016 Conf - in dialogue with Reggio.pdf

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Strategies for Reflection and Analysis

4.30 - 6pm

The London ReFocus group will have an open discussion - for guests and members, focussed on 'hearing and observing children's ideas.' Attendance is free for Sightlines Subscribers, £5 for guests. Everyone needs to register in any case, to give us the correct numbers (the Subscribers' discount is applied automatically.)

Using video observations, we will explore some of the ways of getting into meaningful dialogue which we have described in the diary item: 'Hearing Children's Theories'.

Date Thursday 24th November 2016
Price £5
Location/Map Nell Gwynn Nursery School, Southwark
Download info London ReFocus Flyer 24th November 2016.pdf

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Today, through two meetings in different parts of the county, Dudley and Coventry, we will explore the principles of enquiry based practice and meaning-making developed through expressive languages. We will begin to work together on a small shared project. Through mutual support and participation we will challenge the dominant approaches in the field of early years education and care, making visible our optimistic and joyful view of learning and teaching.

Participation is free to Network Subscribers (please sign in on the form when you register - the form will give you the 100% discount). The cost to those who are not yet members is £10.

Date Saturday 19th November 2016
Price £10

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

"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."

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. 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 7th October 2016
Available places 5
Price £150
Location/Map Madeley, Telford

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

There IS a bear!

Our book Adventuring in Early Childhood Education is now being read by colleagues in other countries, and many useful and interesting questions are being asked:

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In this online presentation Robin will explore aspects of these questions, in live dialogue with Prof. Asami Asayama, University of Yamanashi, Japan. Robin will be illustrating the discussion with one of the narratives in the book ‘Adventuring in Early Childhood Education:

  • ’What do we mean by ‘adventuring’ – and for whom? Children? Adults?
  • AsamiWhy ‘adventuring’?
  • What is a ‘creative enabler’?
  • What does ‘taking charge’ look like?

This will be a FREE live presentation: You do need to register to view and contribute, so please do this now. There’ll  be a Q&A chatline-based session at the end to ask your questions.

On the day before the event, we will send you an email which includes a link. This link will take you to a page where we will be screening the presentation at 4pm on Tuesday 20 Sept. So all you need is access to your email, a pen, a notebook and a cuppa!

We’ll also send all registrants a recording after the event, just in case you can't make it live. But please do try to make it live. Speak to you then!

Date Tuesday 20th September 2016

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Dear colleague,
this is a warm invitation to join with us to participate in a West Midlands network of people inspired by the values and principles of inquiry based learning promoted by Sightlines Initiative. We are a national organisation promoting creative and reflective practice in early childhood education, referencing the work of the preschools and infant /toddler centres in Reggio Emilia in northern Italy.

Date Saturday 2nd July 2016
Location/Map Kenilworth Nursery School
Download info Sightlines Network W Mids Introductory 2nd July.pdf

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4 pm Tuesday 21st June UK time

Join Robin LIVE as he introduces you to his thoughts and learnings from The Mouse House.

'The Mouse House' tracks the development of one of the many ideas that the children conceived during a 1998 Sightlines Initiative project.

Lots of theories and stories emerged through the inspiration the natural environment had on the Children's creative and curious minds. It is available here in our bookstore. 

This will be a FREE live presentation (our first one). AND there’ll be a Q&A session at the end to ask Robin your questions.

You do need to register to be part of the presentation, so please do this now. 

Then on the day before the event, we will send you an email which includes a link.  This link will take you to a page where we will be screening the presentation at 4pm on Tuesday 21 June.  So all you need is access to your email, a pen, a notebook and a cuppa!

We’ll also send all registrants a recording after the event, just in case you can't make it live. But please do try to make it live. Speak to you then!

Date Tuesday 21st June 2016

We are no longer accepting registration for this event