The Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance gives presentations and runs regular workshops on the principles of the Reggio approach – many of them in Johannesburg (see details for 2018 workshops below). If you’d like to arrange a presentation or workshop in your area (and have sufficient interest and demand from local educators and ECD activists), contact Tessa Browne directly on School visits to mentor and advise staff can also be arranged.

2018 introduction to the principles of the Reggio approach

A series of nine practical workshops

Deepen your teaching practice and connect with educators who are interested in and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education. During this series of nine practical workshops, you will be introduced to core principles of the Reggio approach, and work with a group of peers to explore the possibilities for applying these principles and philosophy in your own classroom and context. While workshops are tailored toward teachers, parents and interested individuals are welcome.

Where: Nova Pioneer Ormonde, 49 Dorado Avenue, Ormonde, Johannesburg
When: Saturday mornings from 09:00 to 12:00

Given the high demand for these workshops in Gauteng, two parallel workshop sessions will be run during the year. Group #1 run from 20 January to 3 November 2018. Group #2 sessions run from 27 January to 17 November 2018. Download the relevant registration forms for more information and specific dates.

How much:

  • R2 800 for the full workshop series (non-AREA member) or R2 520 (AREA member)
  • R350 per workshop (non-AREA member) or R315 (AREA member)

A limited number of partially discounted registration fees are available for educators at schools charging fees less than R800 per month. Educators from qualifying schools should contact Tessa Browne of the Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance at for further information.

To register:
To sign up, download the relevant registration forms and send the completed version, together with proof of payment, to

  • Group #1: 20 January to 3 November 2018
  • Group #2: 27 January to 17 November 2018

AREA is an accredited SACE provider, and each workshop is endorsed for 5 SACE CPD points.

Workshop overview
    • Workshop #1: The image of the child
      This workshop looks briefly at past and present views of children. It challenges teachers to question what they believe about children and childhood, and how their own view of children is reflected in their classrooms.
    • Workshop #2: The 100 languages of children
      The 100 languages refers to the many different ways in which children express their thoughts and discoveries. The focus of this workshop is on the role of creative media in extending and enriching children’s thinking and investigation
    • Workshop #3: Participation, listening and the pedagogy of relationships
      This workshop covers how important participation, listening and relationships are in learning. It looks at the role of parents, children and teachers in the learning project, and stresses the importance of listening to children and respecting and valuing their ideas.
    • Workshop #4: Learning and the construction and socio-construction of knowledge
      This workshop focuses on children as meaning makers – how they develop their own concepts of the world around them right from birth, and how their learning is influenced and shaped in relationship with others and their own environment.
    • Workshop #5: Educational research 
      This workshop focuses on children’s natural curiosity and discovery as they play and make meaning of the world around them. It introduces the ideas of children and teachers researching together to enrich learning, and of schools being laboratories of research.
    • Workshop #6: Documentation and progettazione
      In the Reggio Emilia approach, documentation of children’s learning through the use of sketches, photographs, videos, recordings, posters and books is considered vital in education. This workshop focuses on the significant value and potential outcomes of making children’s learning visible.
    • Workshop #7: Organisation, environment, spaces and relations
      This workshop looks at the critical role of the environment (both natural and man-made) in stimulating and enriching children’s discoveries and thought processes, in developing and supporting relationships, in fostering empathy with others and the natural environment.
    • Workshop #8: Sharing documentation 
      Over the course of the workshop series, participants are encouraged to start doing their own documentation in their classrooms. During this session, participants are invited to share their documentation and discuss and give feedback on each other’s work.
    • Workshop #9: Professional development and assessment 
      The workshop series closes with reflections on the rights of teachers to ongoing professional development – and how this can be achieved in part by cultivating a reflective practice as a teacher and working in collaboration with colleagues. It also considers questions of assessment in a broader sense relating to children, teachers, educational practice, time management, and environment within a contextual curriculum.