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Upcoming events


                    ... to our programme for 2019-20.

This year, we are focussing on bespoke professional development work - mentoring, continuing professional development for individual centres, so if you are interested do get in touch.


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. 

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.
Please Note:


Sat 13 July, Portsmouth

Th 3 Oct, Stevenage.

Fr 13 Sept, Newcastle

Fr 20 Sept, London

Fr 27 Sept, Cardiff

Times 9.30 - 3


London ReFocus Open Meeting

Continuing our theme ‘Curious Adults, Curious Children’, This open meeting will give a further chance to hear different perspectives on democracy in early childhood education, both in theory and practice focusing on:

  • What is democracy?
  • How can democracy manifest itself in early childhood education?

Diana will share theory and research by using the voices and different perspectives of educators on the necessary conditions for democratic practices in the early years.

Cath with Nisha will share Rowland Hill’s project: ‘Framing the learning: a democratic exploration using photography and film with young children and their families ’.

As Carlina Rinaldi states in ‘In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia’
“…we must not forget how closely the school is related to the society in which it is situated’. ‘There is the recurring question of whether the school is limited to transmitting culture or can be (aspire to) a place where culture is constructed and democracy is lived”.

Date Thursday 20th June 2019
Price £10
Presenters Cath Rive (artist) with Nisha Lingam (Headteacher of Rowland Hill Nursery School) and Diana Sousa (UCL Institute of Education).
Please Note:

How to get to the meeting
Recommended journey: Wood Green Underground (Piccadilly Line) and bus W3 to White Hart Lane (bus stop Rowland Hill Avenue).

Early booking recommended as places are limited.

Times Arrive 4:30pm for 4.45pm start, with tour of the nursery from 6.15pm approx.
Location/Map Tottenham, London

An in-depth encounter with Tiziana Filippini, Reggio Emilia pedagogista and consultant.

This day will be an unparallelled opportunity to engage directly with  representative of Reggio who has such long-term and deep experience, and is ready to dialogue and debate in vibrant English. Be inspired by what is desirable and possible in early childhood education.

Tiziana is a passionate, strong advocate of Reggio's Approach and knowledge - she has been a core part of the work of the schools since 1978: In particular, Tiziana was the long-standing pedagogista of the famous Diana Preschool, which came to the world’s attention when it was featured by Newsweek in 1991 as one of the 10 best schools in the world. She has engaged in international numerous international dialogues, often accompanying Loris Malaguzzi on research and lecture tours to Sweden and Denmark.

With Tiziana, we will delve into the lived realities and discoveries of Reggio Emilia's Approach, with emphases on the qualities of ongoing research of the educators, group learning contexts and an environment of enquiry.

Here is a short extract 'learning in relationship' from her  2013 talk, also in London at IoE.

Sunday 10th November will be a seminar day for Sightlines Initiative Network participant settings to work in dialogue with Ms. Filippini . (see separate registration.)

Date Saturday 9th November 2019
Full Price £195
Discounted Price £180 (Until Friday 20th September 2019 15:42)
Student Discount please enquire regarding undergraduate student discount
Member Discount £15
Times 9.30 - 3.30
Location/Map Institute of Education, London

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This second day of our weekend with Tiziana Filippini, pedagogista of Reggio Emilia, will focus, seminar-style, on exploring Network subscribers’ issues in the development of their educational practice.

We invite discussion of key questions (tabled in advance, so that we can prepare together.)

We will also discuss aspects of the 2019 Network new project focus 'Working with Visual Metaphor, ' to give a strong start to this exciting project.

Date Sunday 10th November 2019
Full Price £150
Discounted Price £130 (Until Friday 13th September 2019 15:31)
Times 10 - 3.30
Location/Map Institute of Education, London

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Sunday 15th - Friday 20th March 2020
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

Read more on how you will receive our help and support before, during and after the study week.

Date Sunday 15th March 2020
End Date Friday 20th March 2020
Price £1,560
Location/Map Reggio Emilia, Italy
Download info Reggio Emilia Study Week 2020.pdf