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Early Childhood Program

Early Childhood Program



"The pleasure of learning, of knowing, and of understanding is one of the most important and basic feelings that every child expects from the experiences he confronts alone, with other children, or with adults. It is a crucial feeling which must be reinforced so that the pleasure survives even when reality may prove that learning, knowing, and understanding involve difficultly and effort. It is in this very capacity for survival that pleasure is turned into pure joy" - Luis Malaguzzi.

What is the "Reggio Emilia" Approach?

The Reggio Emilia approach is an innovating and inspiring approach to early childhood education which places great value on the child as strong, capable and resilient - combining the richness of wonder and knowledge. We firmly believe that every child brings with them to IFS deep curiosity to construct further understanding and sense making of the world. 

There are several profound understandings that guide our adoption of Reggio Emilia learning. 

  • Children are capable of constructing their own learning. They are driven by their interests to understand more of the world around them. 
  • Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others. This is a social and collaborative and continual process. New information forces the child to re-construct old truths, and to form new important meanings. 
  • The Environment is a Third Teacher. At IFS, our environment is filled with natural light, order and beauty. Every area offers the child an invitation to explore and to take their learning deeper and deeper. It is equally the job of the teacher and environment to inspire children. 
  • Documentation of children's thoughts and ideas. We carefully document each child's thoughts and progression of thinking. We make these visible through photographs, transcriptions, visual representations, videos and anecdotal records. These are proudly displayed in our classroom and serve as an important link between learning and self. 


Reggio Alliance North America

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Education Online