Sterling House, Danebury Court, Old Sarum Park, Salisbury, SP4 6EB

Telephone: 01722 237200 | Email: info@immaculatetots.co.uk

Reggio Inspired Approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge.

Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.

The key elements of this approach emphasis a progressive, cooperative and holistic early childhood education for children.

The Reggio Emilia Approach emphasises hands-on discovery learning that allows the child to use all their senses and all their languages to learn.

Children are viewed as competent, curious, full of potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them. They use a hundred different ways of thinking, of discovering, of learning. We are aware of each child’s potential and construct their activities and the environment for the children to respond appropriately. You will notice this when you visit our nursery.

We, parents and children, work together in the process of learning. You as a parent is a vital resource for your child’s learning. We hold events throughout the school year, to encourage parents involvement and to foster community development.

The environment is the third teacher. Based on the Reggio Emilia approach, our nursery features a rich, calm and inspiring environment, that promote the holistic development of the children.

The Reggio Emilia Approach is based on the principles below

Children have some control over the direction of their learning

The environment acts as a third teacher

A triangle exists between the teacher, child and parent with reciprocal relationships and respect between the three

We listen to children, giving them time to think and come up with ideas, observing, documenting their dialogue and developments. The interests of the children will be used to plan next steps and future projects

The children are seen as competent unique individuals with knowledge, understanding and interests. They have the ability to learn concepts far above those normally expected for their age.

The environment is recognised for its potential to inspire children. An environment filled with natural light, order and beauty. Open spaces free from clutter, where every material is considered for its purpose, every corner is ever-evolving to encourage children to delve deeper and deeper into their interests.

The space encourages collaboration, communication and exploration. The space respects children as capable by providing them with authentic materials & tools. The space is cared for by the children and the adults.

At Immaculate Tots Nursery we aim to provide the best possible care for all children. We use natural resources and materials that can be transformed, allowing children to use their imagination and creativity. We provide materials such as stones, pine cones, wooden rings, logs etc. Our Nursery is welcoming, nurturing and homely. Resources and materials are displayed to be inviting, easily accessible and uncluttered. We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Principles.

With our research into the Reggio Emilia approach, we are able to incorporate in our daily routine and experiences with the children in the nursery. This approach is all about hands on discovery learning making children to use all their senses and language, thus promoting their creativity and independence. We carefully observe and reflect on the children’s interests and continue to monitor their activities, documenting their learning through photographs, video and journals. At Immaculate Tots children are learning from interesting provocations and thoughtful questions. We encourage the children to ask questions to satisfy their curiosity and to embrace challenges through research and experiments.

Loris Malaguzzi (1920-1994), the inspiration behind the Reggio Emilia approach, recognised all the many different ways in which children interpret the world and represent their ideas and theories. He emphasized the need for adults to recognise and value all forms of expression and communication in his poem ‘No Way. The Hundred Is There.’ This poem inspires our daily routine and practice.

The Hundred Languages

The child

is made of one hundred.

The child has

A hundred languages

A hundred hands

A hundred thoughts

A hundred ways of thinking

Of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred

Ways of listening of marveling of loving

A hundred joys

For singing and understanding

A hundred worlds

To discover

A hundred worlds

To invent

A hundred worlds

To dream

The child has

A hundred languages

(and a hundred hundred hundred more)

But they steal ninety-nine.

The school and the culture

Separate the head from the body.

They tell the child;

To think without hands

To do without head

To listen and not to speak

To understand without joy

To love and to marvel

Only at Easter and Christmas

They tell the child:

To discover the world already there

And of the hundred

They steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child:

That work and play

Reality and fantasy

Science and imagination

Sky and earth

Reason and dream

Are things

That do not belong together

And thus they tell the child

That the hundred is not there

The child says: NO WAY the hundred is there

Loris Malaguzzi
Founder of the Reggio Approach

Testimonials

  • Rita is a very pragmatic, entirely trustworthy, caring, nurturing and inspiring childminder who is enthusiastic and lovely in her care of my son. I always get a wonderful review of my toddlers day, what he has done and his happy interactions with Rita’s own children, who are a delight. The house is very tidy, has a safe garden and is a very nice location to let your child stay in. I would not hesitate in recommending Rita to anyone looking for a childminder…

    Lindsay, Parent
  • Wonderful setting and a lovely atmosphere, childminder is lovely and my son enjoys his time there.

    macky74, Parent
  • Rita looks after my 3 children before and after school. She is always very friendly and never had any problems.

    Stacey Mi, Parent
  • My daughter started with Rita about 20 months ago and she is so happy there. She has grown so much learning new things every day. Playing with other children and having fun. Rita always makes you feel welcome and is brilliant with all the children. She always likes to help them with learning activities aswell as fun activities. My daughter settled in well from the start and some days enjoys it so much she doesn’t want to leave. I would recommend Rita to family and friends.

    hayz 25, Parent
  • Rita is very good with the care she provides children. Provides a safe environment for the kids and engaging/stimulating activities. My children love going to her. I get good feedback from them and Rita provides good verbal and written updates for parents. Keep up the good work.

    Diana Ama, Parent
  • My child has been at Immaculate Tots for over a year now and he is very happy. We feel he is very safe, secure and nurtured in a warm family environment. really hoping that our younger child will be able to come here too!

    Katy, Parent
  • My children were very happy and content in the care of Rita. She was very attentive to my children’s personal needs and very professional. I have no reservations recommending her services.

    Mrs Cumm, Parent
  • Immaculate looked after my 2 girls in the summer holiday and they really enjoyed her company. I recommend her to anyone who is looking for childcare.

    yola1452, Parent
  • Rita and her husband Longinus are an amazing team! They have been reliable and flexible with my shift work and now my eldest has started school he is constantly asking to go back to Rita’s.

    bez89, Parent
  • I have been sending my 1-year-old to Rita for the past 5 months and have been extremely impressed with her and her husband. My daughter always seems happy to go there and I have never had any concerns. Rita has been very accommodating to our needs which has been a lifesaver. Thank you very much.

    Alice, Parent

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Sterling House, Danebury Court, Old Sarum Park, Salisbury. SP4 6EB.

Telephone: 01722 237 200
Email: info@immaculatetots.co.uk

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