This unique approach to educating children was founded in the villages around Reggio Emilia, Italy, after World War II. Parents were looking for a way to teach their children and found that the early years of development were the best time to help children figure out who they are as individuals.
Parental involvement is invited and encouraged. We offer a heuristic environment where the outside and inside environments merge, making the most out of the five senses whilst fostering creativity.
Our guiding principles:
1. Image of the child – Adults are aware of each child’s potential and it’s their responsibility to help support and guide children throughout the journey of learning.
2. Emergent curriculum – Through careful observation of the classroom, teachers can introduce learning explorations and provocations and develop long-term projects. The curriculum emerges from the children, allowing the learning process to become a spiralling progression.
3. Role of the environment – classrooms are open, inviting spaces filled with natural resources, real life materials, mirrors, windows and natural lighting. Learning spaces are designed to promote a sense of wonder, inquiry, and human connection.
4. Parental involvement – learning takes place not only in school but at home and in the community. Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s education and daily life at school and to extend and reinforce learning opportunities at home.
At Littlemoor Pre-School, we believe that children are not empty vessels waiting to be filled with adult-given knowledge, but are constructors of their own learning and experience. Children can find meaning and joy through play. Each child has their own language, their own path towards learning. Each child’s unique path becomes our focus.
Please telephone Boasley Cross on 01837 871362 to arrange a visit and see our pre-school practices for yourself. We are currently accepting children from the age of 3 years.
Head of School
Pre-School Manager/ EYFS