This workshop was previously called Landscapes of Context and Connection

REAIE is pleased to offer this unique professional learning opportunity, in 2024, following the success of this workshop in 2023.  This workshop is for Educational Leaders, teachers, educators and anyone interested to explore the intersections between the principles of Reggio Emilia and the Early Years Learning Framework (2022 V2.0) through examples of current practice.

Led by pedagogical experts in both the education principles of Reggio Emilia and the expectations of the updated EYLF (2022 V2.0) this workshop will provide participants with a participatory opportunity to make these connections, to inform the co-design of their own dynamic learning contexts.

Participants can expect:

  • an engaging and interactive opportunity
  • increased understanding of the interconnectivity between the EYLF (2022 V2.0) and the educational principles of Reggio Emilia
  • increased confidence to draw on the principles of Reggio Emilia and the EYLF (2020 V2.0) with team members, in daily practice and when communicating with families and community

“The ‘Reggio Approach’ in other parts of the world, outside Reggio Emilia 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.” (Gardner, quoted in Rinaldi, 2013, p. 11)

If you’re interested to know more about the intersections between the principles of Reggio Emilia and the updated EYLF (2022 v2.0), in the Australian context, this workshop is for you.



Thursday 6 June 2024

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Saturday 8 June 2024

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The Presenters:

Catharine Hydon

Director Hydon Consulting

Qualifications: Dip Teaching (Early Childhood) MEd (Early Childhood Education) Dip. Gov

With over 30 years experience leading and advocating for quality early childhood education and care, Catharine Hydon’s work, as the Principal Consultant and Director at Hydon Consulting, focuses on supporting professionals to explore the relationship between theory and practice.

Catharine’s collaborative approach and engaging style has taken her all over Australia to think alongside leaders and educators in a collective effort to create meaning, define quality and engage in the art of transformational change.

Cultivating professional dialogue that responds to complexity and invites deep reflection is central to Catharine’s work and is informed by a Masters in early childhood education specialising in practice and governance.

Amongst other pursuits, Catharine is a long-time member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA), an active contributor to ECA’s Reconciliation work and a regular contributor to ECA publications. Catharine has been a member of the ECA Code of Ethics working group for the last two reviews and is a co-author of ECA’s Ethics in Action Implementation guide. In addition, Catharine is a Board Member of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority, has been appointed as a second-tier reviewer for ACECQA and has recently completed two years on the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange Committee.

In 2022 Catharine completed a Diploma of Governance, deepening her interest and understanding of effective governance and leadership that support outcomes for children and whole communities.

Leanne Mits OAM

Qualifications: Bach Education (Early Childhood and Primary) MEd (Early Childhood Education Leadership)

Leanne is an experienced, practising Early Childhood Teacher and an advocate for children, families, educators and education. She has 40 years teaching experience in regional Victoria and Melbourne, in a range of settings, including long day care, community kindergarten, TAFE and playgroups. Voluntarily, Leanne is a longstanding Reggio Emilia Australian Information Exchange (REAIE) Committee member, fulfilling the role of national secretary, co-convenor of the Hundred Languages of Children Exhibition, and co-leader of REAIE Study Tours to Reggio Emilia and New Zealand. Leanne has contributed to REAIE Challenge publications, and a range of professional learning events and webinars. Leanne is co-convenor of a regional early childhood network group, an Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Victorian Committee member, co-convenor of an ECA Special Interest Group on Reconciliation and an active participant and contributor to ECA’s Reconciliation work. Leanne is currently working on a research project with university academics about digital play and in 2019 was awarded Victorian Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Leanne has worked with the principals of Reggio Emilia for over 2 decades. Her teaching and learning is anchored in learning through relationships, collaboration and participation, and using documentation as a tool for listening, research and professional learning.