Dates: Sunday 14 April to Friday 19 April 2024
Category: Study Tour
The cost of the 2024 April Study Group is:
$3950.00AUD – Deposit required $950.00AUD per person
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The Municipal early childhood programs in Reggio Emilia, Northern Italy, for children aged three months to six years, are internationally acclaimed for the inspirations, challenges, and provocations they provide for all those concerned with the care and education of young children. Founded and developed by educational theorist, Loris Malaguzzi, the schools demonstrate a distinctive and innovative curriculum and pedagogy as well as a method of school organisation which recognises the potential of young children to question, reflect, problem-solve, theorise and experiment.
The schools in Reggio Emilia demonstrate, by making children’s learning visible, that children are capable of devising creative ways of knowing, understanding and making connections and meaning. There is a particular emphasis on the role of the environment, both social and physical, and the cultural, geographic, political, economic and historical experiences of Reggio Emilia are incorporated into learnings. This history, combined with the theories, ideas and practices in the schools are always changing and evolving, meaning that the schools cannot provide a model for practice in Australia. Accordingly, they offer an inspiration for our own thinking and practice.
The study program will commence on Sunday 14 April with a meeting of the Australian delegation at the Astoria Hotel at 1.30pm.
The program will then continue on Monday 15 April at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, which is within walking distance from the Astoria Hotel or a short taxi ride. The program concludes on the evening of Friday 19 April. Click here for information about how to get around Reggio Emilia.
Lectures will be in either English or Italian. An interpreter will be available whenever the Italian language is to be used.
The study program fee will include:
Full program details will be emailed to participants shortly before departure.
There will be an online opportunity for delegates to meet each other and the Study Group Leaders. This will be held approximately one month prior to departure.
Reading materials are provided to participants prior to departure from Australia to assist with preparation for the Study Group and to facilitate learning.
General travel advice and tips are given to the group prior to departure from Australia.
REAIE’s Operational Team are available for any questions or concerns in the lead up to the tour’s departure and to answer any queries while you are away.
PLEASE NOTE: Delegates must not photograph and/or videotape inside the infant-toddler centres and preschools of Reggio Emilia. Additionally, photos or videos must not be taken of the presentations as well as of the panels and videos inside the Exhibition area and the Atelier at the International Centre Loris Malaguzzi.
Delegates are to make their own travel arrangements. The Study Tour Leaders will be traveling with Qantas and Emirates Airlines arranged through DQ International Travel Service. Departure is available from all Australian capital cities on Tuesday 9 April 2024 and travel via Dubai (where delegates can meet up) and then on to Bologna.
If you are travelling independently, it is recommended that participants arrive no later than Saturday 13 April 2024. To contact DQ International Travel Service, please call Damian Quirk 03 9614 4588 or email email@example.com. Damian is also able to organise travel with other airlines and incorporate other travel arrangements and tours. When deciding how best to book your travel, please consider that booking through a travel agent means that any issues that may arise before or during your travel will have the assistance of an agent.
A block booking of accommodation has been made at the Astoria Hotel situated in the centre of the city. To organise accommodation at the conference rate at the Astoria Hotel, bookings must be made through Damian Quirk at DQ International Travel Service. This is regardless of how your flight arrangements have been made. Please contact Damian as soon as your registration has been confirmed if you wish to stay with the Australian delegation. When contacting Damian to obtain a quote please ensure you include the following information: actual travel plans, dates and destinations, a scanned copy of your passport, best contact details, including residential address and mobile number and any frequent flyer information. For accommodation enquiries please ensure you note single, twin share or double. Please do not contact the hotel directly.
The costs quoted are per room and include bed and breakfast.
If two people are sharing a room the costs will be divided.
All rooms have their own bathrooms.
Single Room: 1 person only approx €121.50 per night (Price will be confirmed on booking and is subject to currency fluctuation)
Double or twin room: 1 or 2 persons approx €152.50 per night (Price will be confirmed on booking and is subject to currency fluctuation)
Please note: It is not possible to triple-share a room except for a family with a child under seven years of age.
There are limited single rooms available. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis for those staying for the 10 nights. If you wish to have a single room after this period, you will need to book and pay for a double room. You will be notified of this on booking.
This booking is valid until 31 October – please contact Damian Quirk at DQ International Travel Service 03 9614 4588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reggio Children and REAIE require all participants have taken out:
Travel insurance is available from DQ International Travel Service on application.
REAIE will organise a bus from Bologna Airport to the Astoria Hotel, Reggio Emilia on Wednesday 10 April 2024 and from the Astoria Hotel, Reggio Emilia to Bologna Airport on Saturday 20 April 2024. Australian delegates and accompanying persons are also invited to travel on these buses.
There will be an additional charge for these transfers. Further information will be sent out once your registration has been received.
Day trips to Florence and Venice
Optional Farewell Dinner
There will be an optional farewell dinner for the Australian delegation on Friday 19 April 2024 at a venue to be confirmed, at an additional cost. Further details will be sent out with the day trip information once deposits have been received.