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Reggio Emilia schools

Find the top Reggio Emilia schools and programs in Canada



We list the top Reggio Emilia schools and programs in Canada. You can also filter these schools in terms of various criteria and compare them in terms of academics and cost. Click on a school profile to learn all about it and decide whether it’s the right fit for your child.

We also provide an introductory discussion of Reggio Emilia education. This discussion covers a wide range of topics, including the Reggio philosophy, classroom, learning materials, and appeal.

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Hudson College   (est. 2003)  

  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Traditional, Reggio Emilia

Toronto, Ontario

At Hudson College, we encourage all students to do one thing above everything else: be yourself. We value and celebrate individuality, and embolden students to be intellectually curious and fully express who they are.  View profile

  • 4.5-acre, air-conditioned campus
  • Reggio Emilia approach in JK–G1
  • Before and after-school care up to G4
  • Hot lunch program, prepared in-house
  • Mobile iPad and laptop labs
  • Standard-enriched
$18,240
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St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School   (est. 1891)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (550 students)
  • Progressive, Reggio Emilia

Oakville, Ontario

Oakville's SMLS continues to be a premier independent school for girls Preschool to Grade 12 since 1891. "Millie" graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything.  View profile

  • Signature Programs in Global Studies, STEM & Robotics, Active Healthy Living, Arts & Design
  • Professional Internship Customized for Each Girl (Grade 11)
  • Enriched curriculum, Advanced Placement, DELF
  • Focus on whole girl and student wellbeing

$20,000 to $30,160
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  • Standard-enriched
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The Bishop Strachan School   (est. 1867)  

  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (874 students)
  • Boarding school (64 students)
  • Progressive
Toronto, Ontario

The Bishop Strachan School is a leading independent JK-Grade 12 day & boarding school for girls. Students build the academic skills to thrive at university and beyond. Over $1.6 million available in financial assistance.  View profile

  • Standard-enriched
$34,760 to $65,850
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St. Michaels University School   (est. 1906)  

  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (745 students)
  • Boarding school (258 students)
  • Progressive
Victoria, British Columbia

Independent Kindergarten to Grade 12 boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university and life preparation. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family.  View profile


$21,095 to $75,360
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  • Standard-enriched
$21,095 to $75,360
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Richland Academy   (est. 2002)  

  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (220 students)
  • Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Richmond Hill, Ontario

Richland Academy is a progressive, innovative Reggio inspired and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Voted #1 Private School in Richmond Hill 4 years in a row.  View profile


$21,500
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  • Standard-enriched
$21,500
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Vincent Massey Academy   (est. 1985)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 3 (Coed)
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Reggio Emilia
Etobicoke, Ontario

Vincent Massey supports students in reaching their individual potential through a balanced education; setting your child up for success in all avenues of life.  View profile


$12,000
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  • Student-paced
$12,000
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Kingsway College School   (est. 1989)  

  • JK to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (80 students)
  • Day school (400 students)
  • Progressive, Reggio Emilia

Etobicoke, Ontario

Kingsway College School delivers enriched programming in academics, arts, athletics, and citizenship. Our strong focus on community and small class sizes support differentiated instruction and student-driven learning.  View profile


$26,740 to $30,280
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  • Standard-enriched
$26,740 to $30,280
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White Rock Christian Academy   (est. 1981)  

  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school (50 students)
  • Day school (630 students)
  • Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Surrey, British Columbia

WRCA exists to inspire and cultivate citizens of Godly character who transform their world for Christ. We do this through integrated faith based teaching and the International Baccalaureate programme for JK - grade 12.  View profile


$3,500 to $20,000
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  • Standard-enriched
$3,500 to $20,000
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Kingsley Primary School   (est. 1981)  

  • Preschool to 5 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Traditional, Reggio Emilia

Etobicoke, Ontario

Kingsley's small classes and personal approach help students reach their unique potential. Each child is seen, heard, and respected. French, music, and phys-ed round out a program which includes plenty of time outdoors.  View profile


$6,600 to $12,000
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  • Student-paced
$6,600 to $12,000
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ArtsCalibre Academy   (est. 2011)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (180 students)
  • Progressive, Reggio Emilia

Victoria, British Columbia

ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer comprehensive educational programs for Preschool through Grade 12.  View profile


$1,600 to $6,250
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  • Standard-enriched
$1,600 to $6,250
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Academie Providence   (est. 2002)  

  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Waldorf, Reggio Emilia

Ottawa, Ontario

Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650.  View profile


$9,400 to $10,900
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  • Standard-enriched
$9,400 to $10,900
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Oak Learners   (est. 2016)  

  • Preschool to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • eSchool school (20 students)
  • Reggio Emilia
Etobicoke, Ontario

Oak Learners is a Reggio-Inspired alternative school with a focus on Outdoor Education and personalized learning. Our classrooms are mixed-grade and follow an inquiry-based learning model of skill development.  View profile


$12,600 to $18,550
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  • Student-paced
$12,600 to $18,550
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Play Island Explorers   (est. 2019)  

  • Preschool to 7 (Coed)
  • Day school (16 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Traditional, Reggio Emilia

Richmond Hill, Ontario

We have two main programs we offer throughout the school year, our half day enriched preschool program for children ages 3-6yrs, and our educational before and after school program for children ages 4-12yrs.  View profile

  • Standard-enriched
$30 to $35 /day
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Pythagoras Academy   (est. 2013)  

  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • Liberal Arts, Reggio Emilia

Richmond, British Columbia

We emphasize critical thinking, as well as innovation, inspiring joy, and curiosity.  View profile


$20,040 to $22,400
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  • Accelerated
$20,040 to $22,400
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Collingwood School   (est. 1984)  

  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (1256 students)
  • Traditional, Reggio Emilia

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Collingwood creates opportunities for our JK to Grade 12 students to excel. Our four strand approach is delivered through a comprehensive educational experience that in collaborative, interdisciplinary and relevant.  View profile


$22,800 to $27,150
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  • Standard-enriched
$22,800 to $27,150
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Balmoral Hall School   (est. 1901)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Boarding school (70 students)
  • Day school (440 students)
  • Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Winnipeg, Manitoba

STEAM and experiential learning are at the heart of our program, making learning at BH both dynamic and meaningful. With a focus on post-secondary guidance and internship, BH girls graduate with purpose.  View profile


$15,450 to $49,440
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  • Accelerated
$15,450 to $49,440
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St. John's-Ravenscourt School   (est. 1820)  

  • K to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
  • Day school (830 students)
  • Liberal Arts, Reggio Emilia

Winnipeg, Manitoba

SJR is the world’s leading school in Debating and Public Speaking. It has produced 18 Rhodes scholars and 3 math olympiads. 98% of SJR graduates are accepted to their first choice university program.  View profile


$23,100 to $63,670
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  • Accelerated
$23,100 to $63,670
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Calgary Changemaker School   (est. 2019)  

  • K to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (70 students)
  • Progressive, Reggio Emilia

Calgary, Alberta

Our school prioritizes wellness, empathetic leadership and social innovation. Our students spend a significant portion of each day outdoors and in nature learning through projects and hands-on experiences.  View profile


$10,950 to $14,950
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  • Student-paced
$10,950 to $14,950
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Children's Garden Nursery School   (est. 1986)  

  • Preschool to 2 (Coed)
  • Day school (43 students)
  • Traditional, Reggio Emilia

Toronto, Ontario

Our focus is to provide every child with the opportunity to recover from another year of COVID disruptions. Max of 8 to 10 students per class enables us to get children back on track with their learning.  View profile


$17,000 to $20,000
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  • Student-paced
$17,000 to $20,000
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CGS (Children's Garden School)   (est. 1986)  

  • Preschool to 4 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • Traditional, Reggio Emilia

Toronto, Ontario

Diverse, warm community. Small classes. Exceptional phonics program to build early literacy. Collaborative, multi-strategy approach to math. Public speaking, the arts, outdoor ed, mindfulness, community engagement.  View profile

  • Accelerated
$11,000
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Summit Micro School   (est. 2010)  

  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (48 students)
  • Progressive, Reggio Emilia

Toronto, Ontario

Summit Micro School provides a modern curriculum from JK to Grade 8. Reggio Emilia kindergarten and Project and Inquiry Based elementary programs inspire and engage while developing essential 21st Century skills.  View profile


$14,300 to $20,400
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  • Student-paced
$14,300 to $20,400
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Pickering College   (est. 1842)  

  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (115 students)
  • Day school (325 students)
  • Progressive
Newmarket, Ontario

Pickering College's fully-integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future.  View profile

  • Standard-enriched
$27,860 to $69,955
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You may be surprised when walking into a Reggio Emilia classroom. What you find may not match the image you have of preschool or kindergarten.

“We have ‘opening circle time’—we sit in the circle and sing songs, and this is the time we’ll plan what we’re going to do for the day,” explains Nadia Nikolov, as she describes a typical morning at Urban Academy’s Reggio Emilia-inspired kindergarten class. “We have two hours of ‘free exploration’, and usually the teacher is sitting close to the kids and taking notes on what’s happening.… During our lunch and prep time, we share our findings, and decide which way we’re going to go after,” Nikolov says. “We just observe the children and go with their interests.”

The Reggio Emilia approach is used in many preschools, daycares, and kindergarten classes. It’s also been adapted for use in some elementary schools.

The approach is named for the village of Reggio Emilia, in Italy. It was developed in the 1940s, shortly after World War II, by several teachers and parents who lived in this village. Most notable among these was Loris Malaguzzi.


“Children, Reggio educators recognize, have a unique nature. They’re competent, curious, and full of knowledge.”


Children, Reggio educators recognize, have a unique nature. They’re competent, curious, and full of knowledge. It’s our duty, they urge, to build children’s strengths, to enable them to realize their vast potential.

This can be achieved partly through the learning environment. By providing a supportive and enriching classroom, we can promote exploration, discovery, and interaction among children. It’s also important, though, to encourage expression. We should encourage children to express themselves in a wide range of ways and using diverse media (such as painting, sculpting, and drama). We should also urge them to share their thoughts and ideas about lots of subjects.

Above all, children should be given the freedom to pursue their interests. With help from their teachers, they should be able to plan their course of study.

“I think something that’s fundamental is that children are the architects and the builders along with their teachers for their experience in school,” say Kerri Embry and Shelley Van Benschop, lead teachers of research and inquiry at The Bishop Strachan School.

Both teachers use the Reggio Emilia approach in their kindergarten classrooms.

“[It’s] seeing the teacher as a researcher, as somebody who doesn’t necessarily know what they’re going to be doing that year. They have goals and outcomes, but they don’t know the path they’re going to take to get there. Things emerge as we go because we’re responsive to the children—we’re listening to the children.”


“Reggio Emilia’s child-focused approach to education is, in many ways, similar to that of Montessori and Waldorf schools.”


This child-focused approach to education is, in many ways, similar to that of Montessori and Waldorf schools (for a comparison of different preschool approaches, see our preschool and comparison guide). Yet, unlike Montessori and Waldorf, Reggio Emilia education is not based on a unified set of principles. Instead, it’s based on certain values about how children best learn.

“These values are interpreted in different schools, different contexts, and different ways,” says Susan Lyon, executive director of the Innovative Teacher Project, which aims to develop and promote Reggio-inspired education.

Moreover, unlike Montessori and Waldorf, Reggio Emilia has no international centres to accredit schools or train teachers. At least outside of the town of Reggio Emilia, all preschools and schools (and home schools) are Reggio-inspired. They use an adaptation of the Reggio approach to meet the needs of their community.

This is important, as each student, teacher, parent, community, and town is different. No two Reggio-inspired schools look the same, as the needs and interests of the children in each community are different.

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The Reggio Emilia approach is child-centred: it involves plenty of self-directed learning.
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Reggio-inspired schools and preschools provide a supportive and enriching classroom. Children spend lots of time exploring, interacting, and pursuing their own interests.




Reggio Emilia is an approach to early childhood education. Yet, as mentioned, the approach is neither universal nor set in stone. Schools adapt it in different ways according to the needs of their children and communities. This means that different schools tend to have different classroom policies and practices.

Nevertheless, there are some core classroom policies that many Reggio-inspired schools employ. We discuss the main ones below.

  • Multi-age classes
  • Self-guided curriculum
  • Emergent learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Relationship-driven classes
  • Different modes of learning
  • Parent involvement

Multi-age classes
Most Reggio preschools have two classes. Similar to Montessori preschools, these classes have multi-age groupings. Usually, there’s one class from 0 to 3, and another class from 3 to 6. Reggio-inspired elementary schools also tend to have multi-age classes.

These classes usually have two teachers. Children thus typically stay with the same teacher(s) for a three-year period. This leads to consistency in the teaching approach. It also means children won’t have the pressure of forming new relationships each year—with teachers or peers.

Moreover, since teachers stay with the same class for a long time, they get to know children well. They become familiar with each child’s personality and learning style, and often adjust their approach to meet their needs.

To learn more, read our Reggio Emilia preschool guide. You can also read our comparison guides: Reggio Emilia vs. Montessori preschools and Reggio Emilia vs. Waldorf preschools. Finally, check out our guides to preschool in general, different preschool programs, preschool compared to daycare, preschool curriculum, and the pros and cons of preschool.

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Reggio education makes relationships a major focus. Each student’s relationship to their peers, teachers, families, and community is considered.

Self-guided curriculum
Reggio-inspired schools have a mostly self-guided curriculum. Teachers listen to and observe children in the classroom to discover what interests and excites them. They also listen to and discuss (with each other and children) children’s ideas for work. They use this knowledge to prepare the learning environment, plan their teaching approach, and plot out the curriculum.

Teachers and children thus co-construct the curriculum. This is sometimes referred to as a “negotiated curriculum.”

That said, there is an age-appropriate curriculum and daily schedule for each class. This ensures children pursue activities suited to their stage of development. This is similar to the Montessori curriculum.


“Projects are a major focus. They open up different avenues of exploration. They also spark interest and require lots of creative thinking and problem-solving.”


Emergent learning
Teachers rarely pre-plan work for children. Nor do they try to impart knowledge to them through assignments.

Instead, the Reggio Emilia curriculum is emergent. Teachers observe children, and note what work they pursue. They also ask children questions, and encourage them to express themselves to discover their ideas, thoughts, and questions. They then discuss what they find with both children and their colleagues. They thereby learn what children are drawn to, and plan the curriculum accordingly.

Most children find a co-constructed curriculum engaging. It allows them to pursue tasks that build on their base of knowledge. Since children are often passionate about this kind of work, and it tends to suit their stage of development, this can inspire curiosity and a love of learning, both in and out of school.

An emergent curriculum is not a free-for-all, though. As Mary Ann Biermeier points out (“Inspired by Reggio Emilia,” 2015), “it requires that teachers actively seek out and chase the interests of the children. This kind of teaching environment demands a high degree of trust in the teacher’s creative abilities, and envisions an image of the child as someone actively seeking knowledge.”

Project-based learning
Projects are a major focus. They can be as short as a few hours, and as long as a couple months. While they’re sometimes proposed by teachers, more often they’re initiated by Reggio children. Projects often start with an open-ended idea or problem posed by one or more children.

As G.S. Morrison points out (“Reggio Emilia,” 2010), “the key feature of a project is that it is a search for answers to questions about a topic worth learning more about, something the children are interested in.”

Projects open up different avenues of exploration. They spark interest and require lots of creative thinking and problem-solving. Teachers introduce material, questions, and opportunities that provoke children to further explore issues and questions.

This often leads to meaningful work. Children tend to learn more when they have the freedom to pursue ideas to their end, and to work them out in detail.

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Reggio schools don’t have a pre-planned curriculum. Rather, this is co-constructed by teachers, students, and parents.

Relationship-driven classes
Each class is viewed as a system of relationships. Teachers consider each child’s relation to their family, other children, the teachers, the school environment, the community, and wider society.

The Reggio Emilia classroom is set up for lots of interaction. Children interact with teachers throughout the day, and they often work with their peers in small groups of two to five. They also sometimes work in class with parents and other members of the community.

It’s believed that children learn well through social interaction. In particular, they learn effectively by working with peers. This allows them to listen to each other, ask and answer questions, and solve problems together. It also nurtures their curiosity and imagination, and improves their social skills. The result is a fun and dynamic classroom.


“Teachers respect parents as a child’s first teacher, and involve them in many different aspects of school.”


Different modes of learning
Teachers create environments where children can use many modes or languages to learn (Malaguzzi referred to these as the “hundred languages.”) These modes include drawing, painting, modelling, sculpting, music, dance, poems, stories, metaphors, and more. Children are also given a wide range of materials to express themselves, such as paint, clay, wire, and natural and recycled materials.

In fact, there isn’t a sharp separation between expressing oneself through words (directly) and through art. All are considered part of the language of learning. Also, in Reggio preschool, there isn’t a sharp separation between art and play.

Encouraging children to express themselves in lots of ways, it’s claimed, has several benefits. For starters, it encourages children to use many of their senses and abilities. It also promotes open communication and allows children to express complex thoughts and feelings. And, it allows children and teachers (and parents) to better understand each other.

Parent involvement
Parents are a vital part of education. They’re viewed as partners with and advocates for children. Teachers respect parents as a child’s first teacher, and involve them in many different aspects of school.

In fact, parents are encouraged to be active in school. This can take many forms, including day-to-day interaction, advising, work in the schools, field trips, and celebrations. Moreover, many parents incorporate Reggio principles in their home.

“Normally,” says Susan Lyon, executive director of the Innovative Teacher Project, “parents are not seen as part of the educational process in an authentic way.” Reggio schools, on the other hand, view parents as an important part of children’s learning, and educators support them in this role.

“Reggio-inspired schools have a mostly self-guided curriculum. Teachers listen to and observe children in the classroom to discover what interests and excites them.”





Reggio-inspired schools aim to produce the ideal environment for children. Plenty of attention is given to the look and feel of the classroom. So much so that it’s often referred to as the “third teacher.”

The Reggio Emilia classroom is warm and welcoming. It promotes open communication, interaction, and relationships. It also fosters active learning and problem-solving.

Moreover, as G.S. Morrison points out (“Reggio Emilia,” 2010), classrooms are carefully and aesthetically arranged:

“There is attention to detail everywhere: in the colour of the walls, the shape of the furniture, the arrangement of simple objects on shelves and tables. Light from the windows and doors shines through transparent collages and weavings made by children. Healthy green plants are everywhere. Behind the shelves displaying shells or other found or made objects are mirrors that reflect the patterns that children and teachers have created.”

The Reggio Emilia classroom is also personal. For instance, small boxes made of white cardboard are placed on the wall. The name of a child or teacher is printed on each box. The boxes are used to leave little messages and surprises for each other. This promotes the sharing of thoughts and feelings.

Finally, the classroom is full of children’s work. Everywhere are paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages, mobiles, and more. Although this display is pleasing, it’s not mere decoration. As G.S. Morrison points out (2010), it’s meant “to show and document the competence of children, the beauty of their ideas, and the complexity of their learning process.”

Most schools have a special workshop or studio, called an “atelier,” separate from the main classroom. It’s used by all the children and teachers in the school. It contains many tools and resources, and records of past work. Some schools also have smaller spaces, called “mini-ateliers.”


Just as there isn’t a strict Reggio curriculum, there also aren’t required learning materials. Different schools tend to use different materials.

In general, though, lots of open-ended materials are provided, which can be used in a variety of ways. This is meant to promote curiosity, problem-solving, and discovery-based learning. This aim is similar to that of other play-based schools and preschools. Materials are also chosen for their beauty.

Although no material is required, many materials can be and are used in Reggio schools. According to Reggio Emilia Approach, a list of such materials includes the following:

  • Breakable items: vases, mirrors, nicely illustrated books, glass beads, flowers, animal figurines, musical instruments, mosaic glass, and ceramic tiles
  • Arts and crafts: pastels, watercolours, fine paint brushes, fine-tipped markers, paper, pencils, cardboard cutouts, fabric scraps, popsicle sticks, cotton wool, cardboard tubes, and clay
  • Play items: dress-up clothes, silks, scarves, costumes, wooden blocks, plank blocks, plastic toys, play kitchen, and construction area
  • Natural materials: rocks, sticks, pinecones, bark, leaves, and pebbles

To learn more about Reggio Emilia learning materials, check out the learning materials workshop.

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Reggio teachers usually stay with the same class for a three-year period. This way they become familiar with each child’s unique personality and learning style.

Teachers rarely lecture. Instead, they connect children with meaningful tasks. Normally, they plan lessons and activities based on children’s interests. They also take part in these activities, instead of just watching. This can nurture a child’s curiosity and engagement.

Often, teachers listen to and observe children in the classroom. They also record what they observe. This helps them plan the curriculum with children’s interests in mind. It also helps them prepare the environment and teaching tools.

That said, while children influence the curriculum, there’s an age-appropriate daily schedule. This ensures children achieve developmental goals. This is similar to Waldorf schools and preschools.

Teachers partner with colleagues, students, and parents in the learning process. For instance, they discuss their observations with them, as part of an ongoing dialogue. This allows them to be flexible in their plans, preparations, and teaching approaches.

Lella Gandini is a professor of early education and child study at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She’s known as the leading advocate for the Reggio Emilia approach in the United States. In a recent interview (2011), she nicely describes the role of collaboration in the work of a Reggio teacher:

“Teachers in Reggio Emilia work together and are supported by pedagogical coordinators; they all share and start from the basic principle that children have great potential and desire to explore, construct, and learn. … It is amazing what observations and also conversations with children can tell us educators about the complexity and beauty of their theories. … On the basis of what the children do and say, the teachers can offer them the possibilities to explore further and learn more.”

Teachers plan projects and help kids put together portfolios of their work. They also display children’s work throughout the classroom. This enables Reggio kids to gauge their own progress. It also makes them aware that their effort is valued. And, it helps parents stay in touch with what’s going on in class.

Atelieristas, teachers trained in the visual arts, also play a key role. These teachers work closely with children in a studio, separate from the classroom. Like the core teachers, they connect children with meaningful projects. They also make visits to the main classroom.

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The Reggio Emilia classroom is warm and encouraging. It’s set up to promote lots of interaction and active learning.




The Reggio Emilia approach was developed for use in preschool, kindergarten, and daycare. It’s now sometimes adapted to meet the needs of elementary school students. Reggio influences can be found in schools across Canada, including in The Bishop Strachan School, Richland Academy, Urban Academy, and Vinci School.

Marlina Oliveira and Laura Murgatroyd of Richland Academy explain that with Reggio Emilia “it starts as a mindset of how we view children; we see how capable they are, and how creative they are.”

With the Reggio approach, kids aren’t held back by what teachers know. Kids take an active part in the learning process:

“Sometimes, children are only taught what we know. We don’t limit them—we listen to them, there’s a lot of intentional listening, and really co-constructing what that learning looks like,” say Oliveira and Murgatroyd.

Being listened to and co-constructing their learning inspires Reggio kids to be active in the learning process. According to Dr. Dan Yang, a teacher at VINCI School, Reggio Emilia’s focus on the child as an engaged learner, rather than as a receptacle of facts and information, is critical now, more than ever.

“Today in the 21st century, it’s no longer an environment where it’s enough for students to remember facts. … Today, knowledge itself doesn’t work too much anymore, because anything you need to know you just Google it. You watch YouTube, you do an Internet search, and you get it. So, remembering facts should no longer be the centre of education anymore,” she explains.

Not only does the Reggio Emilia approach lend itself to 21st century learning, it also focuses on promoting higher-order thinking and critical analysis at a young age.

“We’re looking at helping children to cultivate those higher-order thinking skills,” says Yang, “such as analysis, synthesizing, and coming up with their own solutions. Reggio Emilia is very important in terms of supporting children to gradually build that higher-order thinking skill because young children who are five and six years old, their thoughts are still very fragmented. It’s a dotted, not a connected line.”

“We need to help children to do that abstract thinking to begin with, and then gradually help them to have that habit to always think ahead, so they can learn to believe not only in what they see, but in what they don’t see, because that’s the analysis and the synthesizing skills that we’re talking about.”

The Reggio Emilia approach continues to excite and motivate children. Its self-guided curriculum helps children learn key skills, including critical thinking, logical analysis, and problem-solving. To be sure, this promises to help children thrive, in the school years and beyond.

Tuition and funding

Private Reggio Emilia schools tend to be reasonably priced. They’re typically on the lower side of private school tuition in general. Of course, the cost of a school will vary based on size, location, the level of schooling, and other factors. Typically, though, it ranges from $5,000 to $20,000 per year.

Moreover, some schools offer financial support to defray costs. For instance, if you can demonstrate need, they might offer you a bursary to help finance your child’s education. Or if your child excels in some area, such as academics, they might be awarded a scholarship to help cover tuition. Typically, more bursaries are offered than scholarships.

Reggio Emilia programs
The Reggio Emilia approach was originally developed for preschool and kindergarten. Now, though, it’s often used in elementary schools as well.












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