The importance of light!

So this week has been a busy one, developing one of our Pre-School rooms into the Reggio Emilia Approach! The room in question was at Little Achievers @ Ribbleton Children’s Centre.

When developing our rooms or areas, we always think of the children first. Put ourselves in the mind of the child and ask what can they learn, what are their interests, what do they enjoy exploring, what excites them???? It is through asking these questions that we can begin to create an environment that is suited to the individual needs of the children in each of our settings. So if you visited each of our settings you would notice that none are the same!

Throughout the week I have worked closely with the nursery team in the development and have already seen the impact of this. As any child would want to explore they found themselves sneaking in to have a peak and the comments of one child were “oh wow!” followed by lots of touching, staring and awe. If this doesn’t mean we are doing something right, then I don’t know what would. Seeing the look on the children’s faces and the way they explore, behave and the curiosity they show makes it all worth while and reminds us why we do this amazingly important job!
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This week at Little Achievers Nurseries we have welcomed Olivia, our Atelierista!

So what is an atelierista?
A teacher with an arts background.
When we think about arts, it is always the product that we think of, what picture or model is the end result. However, the process is much more important. We must start to think about what happened before, during and what processes the children went through and learned from.
“Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known.”
-Loris Malaguzzi

With Olivia in place, our nurseries can offer opportunities to encounter different materials, expressive languages, different points of view, working actively with hands, minds and emotions allowing each child to express their creativity in their own way.

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