Network Meetings





Melbourne Network


Friday 10th November 2017

Documentation Centre open: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Presentations: 5:00pm - 8:00pm


Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange

442 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122 - Room 2137


Special event

REAIE is proud to present 'An encounter with the Reggio Emilia Institutet in Sweden'. Like REAIE, the Reggio Emilia Institutet in Sweden was established to stimulate discussion about the educational project of Reggio Emilia. Since it was established in 1993, the institute has been a meeting place for everybody in Sweden who want to examine and work for the rights and opportunities of children and young people.


Our colleagues Anna Soderstrom Ahrborn (preschool teacher and pedagogista), Sara Bruun (teach and principal) and Sonja Lundmark (principal) are visiting Australia in November to attend the Reimagining Childhood Conference in Adelaide. Whilst they are here they hope to engage in an exchange of ideas with REAIE and its members.


They will be our special guests at the next network meeting in Melbourne to share their educational experiences influenced by and in dialogue with Reggio Emilia through the following projects:


'Solidarity, loyalty, fellowship and friendship'

The Project - a tool for co-operative learning

Each child should be able to develop a strong identity and new knowledge and skills in interaction and relationship with others, the environment and materials.

Identity and competence development are closely linked. A democratic education can never go on an indoctrination in which everyone should think equally. Therefore, democracy must be conquered through the exercise of democracy principles, both rights and obligations.

Examples that show how to learn together in a variety of ways in sustainable future projects.

The examples are from groups with children aged 5-6 years.


Anna Söderström Ahrborn, Reggio Emilia Institute Representative in the Reggio Childrens International Network.

Anna has worked in pre-school for 20 years, both as a preschool teacher and as a pedagogista. She is currently working as a consultant at the Reggio Emilia Institute with education in Sweden and as a pedagogista at a creative recycling center in Västerås, a city near Stockholm.



'A splash of colour'

This is an example from a Swedish compulsory school, inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. It shows a situation where groups of 14-year old Swedish pupils are working with a challenge given by their math teacher. They are asked to calculate the surface of a splash of colour and the documentation shows how the students explore different strategies and materials in various ways.


Sara Bruun, Vice president of Reggio Emilia Institutet Ltd.

Sara lives in Boden in the northern Sweden and has worked as a teacher for 20 years, as a principal of elemantary school for 7 years and is currently tasked with improving the quality of education in Älvsbyn, a municipality in northern Sweden.



'Reggio Emilia Institutet - 25 years of experience developing practice through networking'

Reggio Emilia Institutet in Sweden is driven by a strong pedagogical idea which is inspired by the municipal pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.  The institute’s activities have expanded considerably over the years which resulted in it becoming both an economic association and a limited company. 

There will be a presentation about the work and organisation of the Reggio Emilia Institute in Sweden and about their long cooperation with Reggio Emilia. 


Sonja Lundmark chairmen of the Reggio Emilia Institutet economic association and the limited company. 

Sonja lives in Luleå in the northern Sweden and has worked as a principal of preschools and of elementary schools for almost 30 years. Currently, she works part time as a project leader to create good working and good learning environments for children and teachers when new preschools are being built in the municipality of Luleå and part time with running Reggio Emilia Institutet in Stockholm.


Members: FREE

Non-members: $10


Light refreshments provided.


Registration is essential
REAIE members are reminded to LOGIN before registering and the cost will be discounted to $0. Please select OFFLINE payment to confirm your registration.
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Adelaide Network Group


Wednesday 15th November 2017

5.30pm - 7.15pm


The Nest, Alberton Primary School

14 Broad Street, Queenstown, SA


RSVP: Registration is essential. Please click on the link below the option of your choice to register your attendance. Individual registrations only. Registrations close Tuesday 14th November. 


Please join us at The Nest in Alberton. This innovative educational setting is a living example of the possibilities that are open to all of us if we interpret the principles of Reggio Emilia within our own contexts. The Nest provides an exciting and engaging indoor/outdoor learning environment for children aged 3 to 6 years of age. Learning is hands-on, active and based on the individual needs and interests of each child.


We continue to welcome new members to the Adelaide Network. If you are new, we hope that after attending a meeting you will join REAIE as a financial member and look forward to attending further meetings, receiving newsletters, the Challenge Journal and other professional learning opportunities.


5:30pm – 6.00pm
Welcome to The Nest. 
6:00pm – 6:45pm
Break into Subgroups
Option 1: Research group
In Term 4, the Research Group is inviting members to bring documentation of their research to share in small groups. This is a forum that seeks to support those who are interested in the principle of Teacher as Researcher.  If you would like to share your research, perhaps to get some feedback or a provocation as to where it might go next, we encourage you to bring it for others to enjoy, discuss and reflect upon. We encourage educators to bring documentation of research-in-progress, as finished projects are not necessary.
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Option 2: Reading group
An opportunity to discuss and delve deeper into the concept of pedagogical documentation with the following reading as a reference point: The Relationship between Documentation and Assessment by Carla Rinaldi (
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Option 3: Starting your Reggio Journey 
We will be looking at the guiding principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach to education. 
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Option 4: Site Tour
Join educators from the Nest for a tour of their learning spaces.
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6:45pm – 7:15pm
Adelaide has been given the great honour of hosting Tiziana Filippini – a pedagogista from Reggio Emilia in March next year. Please join us to discuss how we can welcome her to our state and share a part of our identity with her! 
We will also be sharing information about how to become involved in a nation wide research project, Landscapes of Transformation: “the eye is asking us to make an effort, to dig deeper down, it is asking us to continuously turn our point of view upside down, to generate new points of view” (Maddalena Tedeschi, Melbourne, 2017).
All are welcome! We look forward to seeing you there! 



Northern Rivers Network Group


Thursday 16th November 2017

6.00pm - 8.00pm (NSW time)


41 Browning Street, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481


Reggio Emilia Tapas: Perspectives on transformational learning

This gathering will provide the opportunity to share, provoke, discuss and reflect upon:

  • a video
  • the Reggio Emilia conference experience
  • a book reading
  • an experience of clay

These discussions will be led by Wendy Boyd, Melinda Gambley, Shauna McIntyre and Vanessa Miller.


Cost: $10 per person

supper will be provided



Please click here to register.

Perth Reggio Network Group


Monday 20 November 2017

6.00pm - 7.30pm

Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley campus

Building 16, Room 141 (Studio Room), Click here for a map.

“Playful Exchanges”

This year, teachers from Perth Reggio Network have been researching and documenting children’s learning through play. We explore:


  • What is the role of play in a Reggio-inspired curriculum? 
  • How do children and adults co-construct knowledge in play? 
  • How does play support children’s thinking? 
  • How do teachers make children’s play-based learning visible? 
  • What is the role of the teacher in play? 
  • How does play support and reveal children’s strengths and competencies?

This work was presented at the recent WA Play Summit. Teachers will be repeating these ‘round-table’ discussion-presentations at the final Perth Reggio meeting for 2017, so if you missed the Play Summit, or would like to see other presentations, we look forward to seeing you.

REAIE Members, free but please bring a plate of food to share if you can.
Non-members: $10


Members need to login before going to Register for Events and the cost will be discounted to $0. Please select OFFLINE payment to confirm your registration. 

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AnchorREsearch Conversations NSW


This Sydney based network meets once a term around an annual research question. In 2017, the group is exploring the question, “What is education?”.


During our times together we have been researching the meaning of education, making visible our subjective and diverse constructions of education, and considering the meaning of education through the lens of the Reggio Emilia educational project.


For more information, or to register to join this network, please contact the convenors via email:

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