Promoting healthy minds
The ELC features a Grand Piazza, newly designed playgrounds, shaded areas, bright furniture and the latest equipment to encourage play and exploration.
At the heart of the Reggio Emilia philosophy is the belief that children are full of curiosity and creativity. The curriculum is flexible and emerges from children’s ideas, thoughts and observations. The Reggio goal is to cultivate within children a life-long passion for learning and exploration.
The Reggio approach is not a philosophy with a set model. It is an approach based around certain fundamental values about how children learn. Interpretations are not only possible but encouraged. Reggio Children, the foundation in Italy which supports this philosophy, encourages centres in Australia and around the world, which adopt this approach to interpret it in their own ways, according to their context and the community they are working with.
The emphasis on the emergent curriculum, community and cultural awareness and respect are just a few elements that makes this approach the ideal basis for the Oakleigh Grammar ELC Curriculum. It leads ideally into the principles of “The Leader in Me” program which is a fundamental aspect of the Junior School curriculum.