This half term I am focusing on the general environment in our Little Achievers Nurseries.
Why? Because the environment is an important tool in the learning of our children! As well as the staff playing an important role, so too does the environment.
Following the Reggio Emilia approach in our settings means that the environment is classed as the third teacher. It isn’t just the staff, children and parents that can learn from each other, the environment should provide the curiosity and wonder, to encourage the children to explore and learn from it. It should give opportunities for children to research and try and test their ideas.
Throughout the nursery year children are moving to rooms as they get older, so new children are constantly coming into new environments. In September, your previous Pre-School children have left for school, and a new group of children move into Pre-School, full of curiosity and ready to learn. However, an environment that challenged children previously, may not have as strong an impact now. This is why we must evaluate and review! All of the Key Person’s at Little Achievers Nurseries know their children and families and it is through this knowledge, we can plan to make changes and adaptations that will then benefit the children we care for. Space and resources are organised in a way that children can learn from and begin to express themselves.
“The environment should act as an aquarium which reflects the ideas, ethics, attitudes and culture of the people who live in it. This is what we are working towards” Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of Reggio Emilia’s Educational Philosophy
Some of this weeks changes can be seen in our gallery. These are from our Little Achievers Urban Forest School setting.