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Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches to early learning

Reggio Emilia and Montessori Approaches to Early Education

The Reggio Emilia and Montessori educational approaches have become popular in recent years within childcare and early years settings. While both approaches originated in Italy, provide a nurturing environment, and encourage child-led learning, there are some key differences to be aware of.
sausage rolls

Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls, a delicious baked good for picnics, afternoon tea or party finger food.
child and aged care resident reading at intergenerational playgroup

Intergenerational Playgroup

A WA-first intergenerational playgroup called Playmates Across Generations has begun its pilot program in a joint project between Rotary Group Joondalup, Keiki Early Learning, and Keyton’s Harbourside Village in Mindarie. The purpose of the intergenerational playgroup is to bring individuals from very different generations together over fun activities, providing new opportunities for social interaction and learning.
baby on mat biting finger

Biting in Early Childhood

Children are programmed to use their mouths to explore the world around them. As they grow and develop language, self-control skills, along with other social and emotional competences they normally grow out of this behaviour. Although biting is common, it can be harmful and distressing for children and parents. Thankfully, there are a number of strategies you can use to help minimise incidences of biting.
choc hummus dip

Choc Hummus Dip

Shake up your afternoon tea platter with this delectable choc hummus dip made from chickpeas!
Basil Pesto Pasta

Basil Pesto Pasta

Turtle tucker, dinosaur dinner, python pasta; it doesn’t matter what you call this basil pesto pasta, it’s delicious!
Loose Parts Play set up with stones and wooden bowls

The Benefits of Loose Parts Play

'Loose parts' is a term coined by architect Simon Nicholson in the 1970s. His theory is that children's play environments should contain a wide variety of objects and materials. These objects and materials are not prescriptive – they can be almost anything! Loose parts can be things found in nature, things found in the home, they can be scraps of material or timber, or random objects that can be incorporated into children's play. Loose parts play allows children to develop their creativity and imagination and can benefit children in so many ways.