The educational project of Reggio Emilia has been far reaching: inspiring, challenging and influencing educators across the world. This workshop will explore the principles of the Reggio Emilia educational project and the ways these have continued to provoke thinking and practice at St Peter’s College Early Learning Centre in Adelaide. It will suit educators who are beginning to explore and consider what the Reggio Emilia educational project means to them in their context. The principles of environment, space and relations, organisation, learning as individuals and groups and the role of research and professional learning will be discussed. Participants will explore learning spaces within and beyond the centre and engage in dialogue with colleagues about the principles in this context and consider possibilities for their own practice.
Sheryle Yorston is Head of Early Years at St Peter’s College, Adelaide. She is an experienced early childhood educator with interest in the Reggio Emilia educational project, and she played an integral role in the establishment and redevelopment of St Peter’s College Early Learning Centre. As a member of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange and Adelaide Network, Sheryle continues to support professional learning related to the Reggio Emilia educational project through presentations and cross sector collaboration.
Holly Baulderstone is a teacher at St Peter’s College Early Learning Centre. She works with 3-5 year old boys. Holly returned to university to do her Masters in Early Childhood Education in 2010 after working with Patch Theatre Company. Patch provided Holly with an appreciation and awareness of the wonder, intelligence, and creativity that children use to engage with the world. She has a particular interest in the role of teacher as researcher, the power of the imagination, and the important role that outdoor environments play in teaching and learning.