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Reggio Meeting and Professional Development Programme

July 21, 2015

As the Reggio Children International partners for Ireland, Early Childhood Ireland was represented by Rita Melia and Debbie Mullen at the recent Reggio Children International Partners meeting and professional development programme in the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia, Italy at the beginning of July.

The meeting of the international partners was attended by 19 of the 35 international partners 38 people in total from five continents.

The first two days of the meeting offered opportunities for the international partners to share the context of their work and gave visibility to the way in which the Reggio approach to early childhood education is used to support children and educators throughout the world.  Rita Melia highlighted the very successful Reggio workshops which Early Childhood Ireland facilitated throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2014, including two workshops which took place in three Reggio inspired Early Childhood settings, Grovelands Childcare in Athlone and Cheeky Cherubs in Ballincollig and Bishopstown. This initiative of locating the Reggio workshops in early childhood settings helps participants to see how the underpinning values and principles of the Reggio approach translate into practice in Irish early childhood settings. It is an initiative which is very similar to the twilight visits which the New Zealand and Australian partners undertake. Rita also outlined an occasion where Early Childhood Ireland were invited to present a key note presentation on the Reggio Approach to Education at an educational conference in Istanbul Turkey in April 2015.

The professional development for the network partners coincided with the first three days of the Reggio Summer School which was attended be a hundred participants from twenty six countries, with one participant from Northern Ireland. The programme of professional development included presentations from Vea Vecchi on the project of the children park which is currently a highlight of EXPO Milan. For further information take a look at the video below:

The Early Childhood Ireland team used the opportunity to meet with Amelia Gambetti and Emanuela Vercalli ahead of their visit for the forth coming Reggio Seminar in Dublin on the 25th and 26th Sept 2015, for further details and to book visit the seminar booking page.


Following on from the meeting Early Childhood Ireland were delighted to host Tessa and John Browne Reggio Emilia international partners from South Africa in our office, they were both very complimentary of the work of the organisation and the quality of early childhood care and education experiences in Irish early childhood settings.

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