At Bright Sparks, we are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and follow the Australian Government’s Early Years Learning Framework by emphasising learning through play. We believe children are competent, creative, and curious learners. Play is a vital tool children use to make sense of the world through exploration.
About Reggio Emilia
The Reggio Emilia approach is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community, and is recognised worldwide as best practice for early childhood education. This flexible approach, developed over 40 years, emerges from children’s ideas, thoughts and observations. Learning is viewed as a journey, and education as building relationships with people and creating connections between ideas and the environment.
Collaborative curriculum development
Our team works collaboratively to develop a curriculum based on the children’s ideas and interests. We understand the importance of reflection to influence our decisions, and believe that enriching experiences support children in developing a lifelong passion for learning.
The importance of the environment
We believe the environment is the “third teacher” and design aesthetically pleasing spaces indoors and outdoors to inspire and engage. We offer opportunities for children to be active participants in their learning through hands on exploration and investigation. We encourage children to develop connection and appreciation for the natural environment and support their involvement in sustainable practices.
Relationships are integral to creating a sense of belonging. Each child belongs to a unique family with their own culture and traditions. We value strong relationships with families and the community and celebrate the valuable learning opportunities available to us through the diversity within our Centre.
We recognise that parents are the child’s first and most influential teachers and an integral part of their child’s learning. We encourage parents to be our partners in helping children reach their potential.