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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Pedagogy & Theory
  • Lucy Mills
  • 30 Mins
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Unqualified Professionals


30 Mins


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7 Videos


Reggio Emilia, an idea birthed in Italia and loved across the globe! "The Reggio Emilia Approach® is an educational philosophy based on the image of a child with strong potentialities for development and a subject with rights, who learns through the hundred languages belonging to all human beings, and grows in relations with others." In this class Lucy shares her favourite Reggio Emilia inspired activities, as well as, some tips and tricks how you can begin to embody the core concepts and ideas of the theory into your practice!

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Lesson Content

1. What Is Reggio Emilia?


To kick things off in lesson 1, Lucy explores the the history of the Reggio Emilia approach and outlines the key principles behind the work of Loris Malaguzzi. To replicate the activities and ideas of the approach it is fundamental we understand the 'why' behind what we are doing!

2. Your Environment As The 3rd Teacher


Within this lesson Lucy explores the principle of your environment acting as the 3rd teacher. You'll explore ideas such as loose parts, utilising different art materials, the importance of the unique child and using your outside environments.

3. The Beauty Of Playdough


Who doesn't love playdough right? Why not find out some ways you can level up your playdough game within your setting and incorporate some of the ideas of Reggio Emilia in the process.

4. Sand & Loose Parts


In this lesson Lucy demonstrates how you can utilise loose parts and natural materials in your sand areas in order to incorporate Reggio Emilia principles, as well as, enable and support schematic play.

5. The Potion Making Class


We all love to pretend to be Witches and Wizards, right? In this lesson Lucy takes us on our very own potions lesson (unfortunately Professor Snape was unavailable) highlighting a few ways in which you can bring potion making into your settings and the learning benefits in doing so.

6. Time For a Boogie?


Who would have thought you can pull learning out of having a dance party? Well it turns out that there's lots of learning opportunities available in having a good old boogie! Time for some 70's classics anyone?

7. Light & Shadow Play


Not something you commonly see across Early Years settings, but in this class Lucy explores ways in which you can incorporate lights into your environment to allow the children to investigate shadows.

Meet your teacher

Though still relatively new to the world of early years I can honestly say it's become such a passion and I'm so happy I made the decision to join such a fulfilling and rewarding career. In the rush of our busy daily routines we can sometimes forget how amazing it is to see the young children under our care develop and mature throughout their early childhood. However, it is so important that we get the early childhood education right! That's why I joined the Early Years Network to help and inspire those just like me who work with young children everyday and want to make a difference.

'Take control of your child's learning.'

We signed up to The Early Years Network after loosing confidence in our child's previous setting and wanted to gain a better understanding around early years development and how our child should be learning. To say The Early Years Network completely changed our outlook of early years is putting it lightly! We'd highly recommend any new parents to sign up and take an active role in their child's learning during the early years period.

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