World renowned for their schools, research and innovation in the field of early childhood education, Reggio Children are pedagogical consultants for the PLAY+ project.
They bring more than 40 years experience working with young children, with particular attention to the importance of environments for learning, children’s creativity, their ‘hundred languages’, and the belief that children are competent and active participants in the modern world.
Each year, many hundreds of educators from all over the world visit Reggio Emilia, to attend lectures, conferences, and visit the world-renowned pre-schools and infant toddler centres. International collaborations include Project Zero with Harvard University and the Institute of Education in London.
Reggio Children is the name of the public company set up in 1994 to coordinate both research projects and education within the Reggio Emilia pre-schools system, and also to act as an interface between these schools and interest from the outside world. This has grown steadily since substantial international exposure in 1991, when Newsweek declared the Reggio Emilia schools the finest early education system in the world.
In 2003 the Municipality of Reggio Emilia created a new office for managing the early childhood services called the ‘Istituzione’, which has curricular, pedagogical, and administrative autonomy, its own budget, and its own board of directors and administrators.
The Istituzione is responsible for the planning, management, and development of all the activities required for the operation and qualification of the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia. Its primary aim is to safeguard and innovate the quality and values of the local educational services.
Reggio Children Foundation organizes study visits on education and the Reggio Emilia Approach, an opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts, contents, and values that are part of the educational project of the experience of the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia.
Since 2008, the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre (design Tullio Zini and ZPZ Partners) has been the home for Reggio Children Foundation and focal point for study trips, exhibitions, conferences and pedagogical research. In 2015, the school at the centre (often referred to as ‘the experimental school’ and with provision now taking the ‘Reggio Approach’ through elementary school to 11 years old) was the model for the INDIRE and ministry of education guidelines for ‘schools for the future’ in Italy. Reggio Children currently lead the Fare Scuola refurbishment project of schools in economically deprived regions of Italy, in partnership with Enel Cuore and with architects from PLAY+projects.
Reggio Children bring a unique element of pedagogical research and experience with children to this project, making PLAY+ an entirely new approach to design for children.