Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship -


2018 April Study Tour to Reggio Emilia


The Loris Malaguzzi International Foundation in collaboration with Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange and Guardian Early Learning Group is pleased to offer two scholarships for Australian early childhood educators working to progress the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to high quality early childhood education. 


The scholarship will fund two educators’ participation in the April 2018 Reggio Emilia International Study Tour to study the pedagogical approach of the schools and infant toddler centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia. 


Each scholarship includes travel, accommodation, International Study Tour registration fees and a living allowance for an educator to attend the Study Tour.


Applicants must be available to travel for the duration of the tour from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 21 April, 2018.


Click HERE to learn more about the application process and selection criteria.


ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. Please click HERE to complete your application. 


APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Friday 8th December, 2017 at 5pm. No late applications will be accepted.



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.