Reggio Emilia Provocations

Reggio Emilia Provocations

Our Committee

Jacqui Lees

I became interested in Reggio philosophy when I was teaching in the USA. When I returned to New Zealand I began working at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten and began attending RE Provocations conferences and workshops with the teachers in my team. I was able to go on a study tour to Reggio Emilia in 2008 and since then we have been working with greater intensity to implement Reggio philosophy in our Centre.

Diane Toal

I have had a strong interest in the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning for many years and have been a committee member of RE Provocations for the last 7 year.  I have enjoyed being part of providing wonderful professional development opportunities for early childhood and primary teachers who have been inspired by the Reggio philosophy.

I am very privileged to have been the Tour Leader for the International Study Tours to Reggio Emilia for the last 2 years.  These opportunities have given me a deeper understanding of the philosophy and have met some wonderful people with the same vision and passion for early childhood teaching.

I am the Operations Director for ECE Management and our role is to manage early childhood centres for both private and not-for-profit organisations.

I believe children should be given the very best opportunities we can provide to support their learning.  Children deserve respect from caring understanding adults.  Becoming a Grandmother has allowed me to view children through different eyes and recognize the importance that family and community has in moulding the child’s future.
Rachel Hughes

Karen Wyatt

Kia Ora Koutou – Im Karen and I have been involved in the ECE sector for 30 years. Over the years I have seen many changes as different theories and philosophies come and go, but for me The Reggio Emilia Approach really inspired and re-ignited my passion for ECE.

I have been lucky enough to vist Reggio Emilia twice and attend the Study Tour. The presentations and learning from each tour has enriched the learning opportunities we now offer our tamariki at our preschool.  From the beautiful environments, encounters and provocations children are offered to allowing and encouraging children to be researchers and develop their own working theories as well as the way we respect and listen to children and use the child’s interest and voice to lead the research.

Samuel Hopkins

I am so inspired by the educational approach of Reggio Emilia. It is an approach that has so many layers and is continually evolving. I have been working with children since 2007 and am currently the Centre Manager at 4 Kids & Whanau Community Centre  in Glenfield.

I had the opportunity to visit the centres and schools of Reggio Emilia in 2016 and 2017 and have been so inspired by the ideas of citizenship and community. We are currently growing our understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach and implementing these ideas in our centre.

About Us

Reggio Emilia Provocations is an incorporated Society developed from the passion of a group of people fascinated by the philosophy and pedagogy of the Reggio Emilia infant toddler centres and preschools.

Our members include a range of early childhood and primary teachers from throughout Aotearoa, Professional Development Advisors, Ministry of Education and tertiary institution professionals.

Our Guiding Principles

We respect the philosophy and practices of the Reggio Emilia infant/toddler centres and preschools and the organisation of Reggio Children.

We see ourselves as a community of learners and celebrate participation as essential to the learning and teaching process.

We actively encourage each member to discuss their ideas, thoughts and progress openly within a climate of trust and respect.
Reggio Emilia Provocations About Us

The Principle Objectives of Reggio Emilia Provocations are:

1. To facilitate the dissemination and exchange of information about the philosophy, theory and practice of educationalists in Reggio Emilia, Italy, within Aotearoa/New Zealand.

2. To support educators throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand to develop their knowledge by providing opportunities to share information and be involved in ongoing dialogue and debate.

3. To ensure that the educational philosophy of Reggio Emilia is developed in a way that sits within the cultural context of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

4. We honour Te Tiriti O Waitangi and are committed to strengthening our partnership with Tangata Whenua through relationship and participation.


Reggio Emilia Provocations Membership

Membership allows you to have:

- Access to books on the Reggio Emilia philosophy through a library membership. A small charge will be made to cover post and packaging

- An online discussion forum to create a learning community that connects you with people who are also working on things related to the Reggio Emilia approach

- Attendance at workshops, seminars and discussion groups run by Reggio Emilia Provocations. Our aim is to provide seminars throughout NZ once a year and provide support to local initiatives for seminars in your area

- Ongoing support to set up and administer discussion groups in your area

- Early notice of conferences, seminars and overseas study tours

Yearly membership is FREE for Aotearoa/New Zealand members and for international members.
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