Hours & Classes
21/2 hrs: 9:00 am-11:30 am
4 hrs: 9 am - 1:00 pm
51/2 hrs: 9:00 am-2:30 pm
Class size will not exceed 20 children
Language: English and French
Calendar and weather
Music and Movement
Large muscle activities
Free play activities
Block building activities
Preschool - Reggio Emilia Approach
As we search and search for the latest and greatest approaches in early childhood
development and education, we seem to run across the words Reggio Emilia with more
consistency these days. However, a google search of Reggio Emilia in Coquitlam renders
nothing more than directories of businesses in Reggio Emilia, Italy. So what is
this approach in educational reform that is getting praised as an exemplary model
of early childhood education (Newsweek, 1991)?
The Reggio philosophy of education began in 1963 in preschools in the municipality of Reggio Emilia, northern Italy. The approach was then extended to infant-toddler Centers in 1970. Through evolution and refinement over the past 4 decades, this international educational experience geared towards children aged three months to six years, has been shaped into a program which children can explore their environment through their own unique perspective, and use their choice of expression such as language, art, dance, or drama to communicate their feelings and ideas. This approach has yielded a higher level of creativity from children than the more directed educational approaches. Furthermore, educators have noted an increase in positive social behavior, less aggression, fewer accidents and improved school readiness among children educated under the Reggio approach.
Under the Reggio approach, the teachers indirectly provoke ideas and solutions in children, and accompany the children on the exploration process rather than creating a distinct instructor/pupil relationship. The Environment is created and organized as such that is visually appealing to the children, and fosters curiosity and creativety. The ultimate goal is for the children to express their learning, knowledge, and experience freely and uniquely.
Although Reggio-inspired preschools are rare in North America, with North American parents and teachers gradually becoming more familiar with the Reggio Emilia approach, the program is inspiring preschools to modify current teaching and learining practices.
In Coquitlam, Hillcrest and Parkland Players Preschool and Daycare provides Reggio-inspired preschool programs. You can contact us for more information.