What is the Reggio Approach?

“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.”


The Reggio Emilia approach is an ongoing local project in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia. It was founded by Loris Malaguzzi in the 1970’s and continues to evolve in their municipal infant and toddler centres and preschools. Beyond Reggio it has become a reference point throughout the world for an education that privileges democracy; see’s children as active protagonists in their learning; acknowledges that children have a ‘hundred’ ways of thinking, expressing and understanding; recognises the importance of collaboration; makes space for the co-construction of knowledge; views the environment as the third teacher and values educational research and educational documentation.

Howard Gardner posited that the ‘Reggio Approach’

in other parts of the world only makes sense if we are capable of re-inventing it, if we are capable of understanding the context we work in, the values in which each culture believes, and then compare these with what Reggio has been capable of creating in its own specific context, and with its own resources.

Howard Gardner, 2012

By viewing our children, our parenting and our home education journey through this alternative lens we can explore how these fundamental principles can be translated into our own homes. Through a process of dialogue and collaboration with parents, caregivers, educators and most importantly our children we can begin to co-create alternative possibilities in early childhood.