Reggio Emilia

The Reggio Emilia approach

The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education perceives young children as unique and curious individuals who have the potential to learn from the world around them.

Taking into account the educational, psychological, and sociological influences on children, our teachers employ a variety of strategies to stimulate learning. We provide opportunities for Collingwood College students to self-express, communicate, and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

There are four main pillars to the Reggio Emilia approach which are:

Collingwood College - Reggio Emilia

An emergent curriculum

The class’ curriculum is derived from students’ interests, their families, and the community. Our teachers make observations about the projects that will be most aligned with students’ interests, what resources are required, and how they can encourage parents and the community to get involved.

Collingwood College - Reggio Emilia

In-depth projects

Based on students’ interests, concepts and ideas taught are introduced via projects and adventures, spanning anywhere from a week to a full year. Our teachers become advisors on these projects, guiding students on where to take their research and exploring the materials needed.

Collingwood College - Reggio Emilia

Representational development

he Reggio Emilia approach calls for presentation of ideas and concepts in various forms such as: print, art, drama, music, puppetry, and more. Different modes of presentation allow children to connect and understand the concepts they are studying.

Collingwood College - Reggio Emilia


Collaboration is a key factor in a child’s cognitive development, and therefore is a key pillar of Reggio Emilia. Students are encouraged to work in small and large groups to encourage teamwork, problem solving, comparisons, negotiations, and the development of interpersonal skills. Students have the opportunity to voice their opinions and balance a sense of belonging as well as a sense of self.

Aligned with the expected standards for state schools under the Victorian Curriculum, our Reggio Emilia approach is featured in our Reggio Emilia Inspired Mainstream program and is taught from Prep – Grade 6.