Early Years
Learning Framework

The Early Years Learning Framework underpins everything we do at Little Hands. Here’s an extract providing an overview of the what the Early Years Learning Framework is all about.

Child’s learning - The diversity in family life means that children experience belonging, being and becoming in many different ways. They bring their diverse experiences, perspectives, expectations, knowledge and skills to their learning. Children’s learning is dynamic, complex and holistic. Physical, social, emotional, personal, spiritual, creative, cognitive and linguistic aspects of learning are all intricately interwoven and interrelated.

Early Years Learning Framework
Reggio Emilia

The Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach originated in the town (and surrounding areas) of Reggio Emilia in Italy out of a movement towards progressive and cooperative early childhood education. Since its development at the end of World War II in the 1940's, this inspiring and innovative educational approach to early childhood learning has been used worldwide. Loris Malaguzzi, is broadly recognised as the 'father' of the approach and widely documented and promulgated the philosophy as an alternative to the more traditional, rote learning styles of early learning.

It is unique to Reggio Emilia and is not a method. There are no international training colleges to train to be a Reggio Emilia teacher. Outside of the region of Reggio Emilia, all schools and preschools are Reggio Emilia inspired. At Little Penguins Early Learning Centre we apply an adaptation of the approach specific to the needs of our community...this is important as no two Reggio Emilia inspired communities will look the same as the needs and interests of the children, their families and our educators, will always be different.

RIE / Pikler Approach

Resources for Infant Educarers or “RIE” was founded in 1978 by early childhood educator Magda Gerber, who advocated respect between a parent and child and said adults should allow their children to solve problems without interference.

We not only respect babies, we demonstrate our respect every time we interact with them. Respecting a child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique human being, not as an object.

RIE / Pikler

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