World renowned for their research projects and innovation in early years 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, in northern Italy, to attend lectures, conferences, and visit the pre-schools and infant toddler centres. International collaborations include Project Zero with Harvard University. They have acted as consultants for companies such as Sony, Alessi and Lego.
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 the schools and interest from the outside world. This has grown steadily since substantial international exposure in 1991, when (for example) Newsweek declared the Reggio Emilia schools the finest early education system in the world.
Reggio Children - represented in particular by the project consultants Carla Rinaldi and Vea Vecchi - bring a unique element of research and experience with children to this project, making PLAY+SOFT an entirely new approach to design for children.