2017 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 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 combined with the fact that the theories, ideas and practices in the schools are constantly changing and evolving, means that the schools cannot provide a model for practice in Australia, or a tool for the marketing of schools. Rather they offer an inspiration and a provocation for our thinking and practice.
The Study Program
• The study program will commence on Sunday 2nd April at 10.30am with a meeting of the Australian delegation at the Astoria Hotel. The meeting will be followed by a guided walking tour of the city provided by the Friends of Reggio Children.
• The program will continue on Monday 3rd April at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre. It is within easy walking distance from the Astoria Hotel. The program concludes on the evening of Friday 7th April.
• Lectures will be in either English or Italian. An interpreter will be available whenever the Italian language is to be used.
• Study topics will include:
. Background and history of the Reggio Emilia educational project
. Children as citizens with rights
. The school as a system of interactions and relationships
. The environment and the educational space
. Observation, interpretation, documentation
. The Hundred Languages of Children
. Parents’ involvement in the life of the school
. ReMida (recycled materials as resources)
• The Programme will include:
. Presentations and seminars by teachers, pedagogistas and atelieristas
. Visits to pre schools and infant toddler centres
. Visits to exhibitions
• Full program details will be emailed to participants shortly before departure.
The cost of the 2017 Study Tour is $2995.00AU.
This cost includes visits to schools and local bus travel to schools and other venues, meetings, presentations, Reggio Children farewell reception, morning and afternoon teas, interpreters, insurance against damage to schools, printed materials. International delegates are also required to pay a 20% tax to the Italian Government for professional learning undertaken in Italy. This 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 non-use of 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 2016 or as soon as all places are filled.
Please complete one registration form per participant and return it to REAIE with your deposit of $995.00AU.
Alternatively,if you wish to register and pay online please click here
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis on receipt of your registration form AND deposit. Your deposit will be fully refunded if we are unable to offer you a place in the Study Program.
N.B. A final invoice will be sent out in January 2017 and the final payment is due by 15th February 2017.
Payment can be made by credit card, electronic bank transfer, cheque or money order. Cheques should be made payable to: Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange Inc.
The REAIE office is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm for enquiries and information.