2018 April Study Tour to Reggio Emilia

 

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. Observation, documentation, and collaborative interpretation of children's discussions and actions, provide the constant possibility of developing new theories and constructs based on practice.
 
The schools in Reggio Emilia have developed in direct response to beliefs held about the purpose of education, and in response to the specific cultural, geographic, political, economic and historical experiences of a small city in Northern Italy. This history combined with the fact that the theories, ideas and practices in the schools are always changing and evolving, means that the schools cannot provide a model for practice in Australia, nor a tool for the marketing of schools. Rather they offer an inspiration and a provocation for our own thinking and practice.
 
The study program will commence on Sunday 15th April at 10.30am with a meeting of the Australian delegation at the Astoria Hotel. There will be a guided walking tour of the city provided by the Friends of Reggio Children in the afternoon.
 
• The program will continue on Monday 16th April at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, which is within walking distance from the Astoria Hotel. The program concludes on the evening of Friday 20th April.
• 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:
  • Presentations by and meetings with teachers, pedagogistas, atelieristas, parents and administrators
  • Visits to pre-schools and infant toddler centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia
  • Visits to exhibitions
  • Five lunches, all coffee breaks and a farewell afternoon tea
• Full program details will be emailed to participants shortly before departure.
 
The cost of the 2018 Study Tour is $2995.00AU.
This cost includes visits to schools, local bus travel to schools and other venues, meetings, presentations, Reggio Children farewell reception, morning and afternoon teas, interpreters, insurance against damage to schools, and printed materials. International delegates are also required to pay a 20% tax to the Italian Government for professional learning undertaken in Italy. The tax was introduced in 2009 and is included in the fee. This fee also includes pre-tour readings, meetings, as well as costs associated with providing two Australian Study Tour Leaders, and general administration costs of the study tour.
 
N.B The fee is an all-inclusive cost to all participants and cannot be altered for not participating in some of the components, e.g. land transportation, etc.
 
N.B It does not include accommodation, airfares, insurance, transfers or other associated costs. The demand for places is high, and places will be allocated on receipt of your registration form and deposit of $995.00AU on a first come, first served basis. No exceptions are possible.
 
Registrations will close on 30th November 2017 or as soon as all places are filled.
 
For more information and to download a registration form, please click HERE.
 
To apply online for the 2018 April Study Tour, please click HERE.