Tanunda Lutheran Early Centre has been chosen as a prototype service, one of three private sector preschools in South Australia, to participate in the South Australian Collaborative Childhood Project. The South Australian Collaborative Childhood Project has been created to respond to the recommendations provided by former thinker in residence, Professor Carla Rinaldi through her report, Re-Imaging Childhood: The Inspiration of Reggio Emilia education principles in South Australia.
As a prototype service the ELC will be committed to researching the Reggio Emilia education principles within the South Australian context. The key role of the project is to deliver on the recommendations delivered by Carla Rinaldi’s report and to assist South Australia to enact on its membership of the Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi Foundaton. The South Australian government is the only government to become a member of this foundation outside of Reggio Emilia.
The educators at the ELC are researching the identity of childhood in our community and the ways they can strengthen the relationship between childhood and society in a sustainable way. Educators were inspired by Jerome Bruner’s quote when choosing their research question, “A Reggio preschool is a special kind of place, one in which young human beings are invited to grow in mind, in sensibility and in belonging to a broader community.”
Sonya Joseph, Lexie Reimann, Barbara Murray (AISSA), Marie Hage, Nicole Owen
“A Reggio preschool is a special kind of place, one in which young human beings are invited to grow in mind, in sensibility and in belonging to a broader community.”